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Work Kyathos (ladle) with stamped geometric decoration

Department of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities: Etruscan Art (9th-1st centuries BC)

Kyathos à décor géométrique estampé

© 1997 RMN / Hervé Lewandowski

Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities
Etruscan Art (9th-1st centuries BC)

Author(s):
Astier Marie-Bénédicte

Bucchero ware was first made circa 675-660 BC in workshops in Caere (modern Cerveteri) in southern Etruria. With its black color, finely wrought surfaces with silvery sheens, and stamped and incised decoration, it holds its own when compared with metalwork. This small vessel would have been used to draw and pour liquids, and is an example of the Etruscans' fondness for this type of ceramic.

An Etruscan ceramic from the Orientalizing period

This small vessel, which has a high, crested handle, is called a kyathos and was used to draw and pour liquids. It was made in southern Etruria between 660 and 620 BC using the bucchero technique.

Bucchero ceramics

Bucchero ware was first made circa 675-660 BC in workshops in Caere (modern Cerveteri) in southern Etruria. Its black color and lustrous finish are the result of being fired in a kiln containing no oxygen. The early examples of bucchero ware, like this kyathos, tend to have extremely fine surfaces with silvery sheens, decorated with stamped or incised motifs; this type is known in Italian as 'bucchero sottile' ('sottile' meaning fine or light). During the fourth century BC, bucchero ware tended to be heavier and thicker; this type is known in Italian as 'bucchero pesante' ('pesante' meaning heavy). Decorative schemes were generally stamped in high relief and were characterized in the later period by ostentatious decoration.

Technical description

  • Kyathos à décor géométrique estampé

    Deuxième quart du VIIe siècle avant J.-C.

    Production : Étrurie méridionale

  • Bucchero très fin à reflets métalliques

    H. : 10,10 cm. ; D. : 10,20 cm.

  • Collection Campana ?

    S 4552

  • Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities

    Denon wing
    Ground floor
    Etruria I
    Room 420
    Vitrine 3

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