Bucchero ware chalice with fan patterning - ROM2010_11485_58


Bucchero ware chalice with fan patterning

Medium:Wheel thrown earthenware, impressed and burnished
Geography: Orvieto, Etruria, Italy
Date: about 630-610 BC
Period: Etruscan
12.2 x 15.3 cm
Object number: 918.3.67
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. H.D. Warren
Not on view
DescriptionBucchero-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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