Since around 600 BC, Etruscan potters developed the distinctive Bucchero style pottery, recognisable by its characteristic black appearance. As Greek pottery developed during the Archaic period, the influence of Greek forms can be seen in Bucchero-wares and by the fifth century the demand for Bucchero pottery was in decline due to the desirability of Greek red figure pottery, though throughout this time some influence of form originating from the Etruscan did occur. However, at about this time the development of Greek blackware occurred. Of similar appearance to the Bucchero style, though using a different technique, Greek blackware began from here into the Hellenistic period to replace the previously popular red figure pottery.

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