Etruscan Bucchero Blackware

£ 295.00

An Ancient Etruscan vase made from bucchero blackware, featuring a cylindrical body. The vessel is comprised of a wide trumpet-shaped mouth with an out-splayed rim that tapers downwards to a cylindrical body. The thick walls slight extend outwards towards the stemmed concave foot. The cylindrical body has been left undecorated.

In the Etruscan civilisation, such item may have also posed as a stand and have been paired with a bowl, for tableware purposes.

Date: Circa 7th - 6th Century BC
Provenance: Ex Collection A. L. and E. L., Munich, acquired in the 1950s - 1960s, in Germany since before 1975
Condition: Good condition. Abraded interior, with a crack through the base. Some chips to the stem and mouth. Label attached on one end.


SKU: HB-27 Category:

Bucchero ware refers to the pottery produced by the, pre-Roman Italy, Etruscan civilisation. The ware is characteristically black, obtaining such colouring during firing. Potters would reduce the oxygen supply to the kiln, allowing flames to draw oxygen from the iron oxide within the clay. This process, known as reducing firing, converts the red of the clay to a dark black. A shine is often achieved on the bucchero through polishing. Most bucchero produced is for tableware purposes– used for serving, eating and/or drinking, or as storage vessels.

Southern Italy was populated by a large number of Greek colonies from the 8th century BC onwards – so much so that the Romans referred to the area as Magna Graecia – ‘Great Greece’. These Greek colonies were instrumental in bringing Greek culture and thought to Italy, greatly influencing Roman literature, philosophy, and material culture in turn. Greek pottery from Southern Italy is most characteristically defined by the glossy black finish, as seen on this vase.

Weight 548.9 g
Dimensions W 13.2 x H 14.3 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


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