Etruscan bucchero kantharos (drinking cup) - ROM2010_11485_73


Etruscan bucchero kantharos (drinking cup)

Medium:Wheel-thrown earthenware, burnished
Geography: Made in southern Etruria, Italy; findspot unknown
Date: about 600-575 BC
Period: Etruscan Orientalizing period
14.5 x 23 x 15.8 cm
Object number: 918.3.65
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. H.D. Warren
On view
Gallery Location:Eaton Gallery of Rome - Bratty Exhibit of Etruria

This classic bucchero-ware shape, typical of production from Vulci and Cerveteri, was widely exported and copied by the Greeks.

Bucchero-ware pottery was produced from the 7th to the 5th centuries BC in Etruria. It was made from local clay fired in a kiln in a strongly reducing atmosphere (without oxygen), which caused a chemical reaction with the iron oxides in the clay, turning the vase black. The surface of the vase was burnished (polished with a wooden tool) before firing, giving it a lustrous sheen. This was just one way in which this type of pottery imitated metal vessels. The earliest Etruscan bucchero was thin-walled, but over time it became heavier.

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