Etruscan Bucchero Kantharos with Animal Frieze


A large Etruscan kantharos made from bucchero blackware featuring large, looped handles and a long narrow stemmed foot. The cylindrical body is decorated with a narrow frieze of animals, walking in procession.

Date: Circa 6th century BC
Provenance: Anonymous sale; Bonhams, London, 14 May 2003, lot 486 (part lot). Gottfried and Helga Hertel collection, Cologne, acquired at the above sale.
Condition: Very fine. Professionally repaired.


SKU: AH-625 Category: Tags: ,

The kanthoros was a distinctive cup, used for wine. It was used both for drinking from and for ceremonial purposes. The shape is often depicted on black-figure and red-figure pottery in association with Dionysus and Herakles.

Weight 628.3 g
Dimensions W 23.9 x H 20.3 cm


Pottery and Porcelain