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Terracotta kantharos (drinking cup)

Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 650–600 B.C.
Culture:
Etruscan
Medium:
Terracotta; bucchero sottile
Dimensions:
H. with handles 12 in. (30.5 cm) diameter 10 1/4 in. (26 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1921
Accession Number:
21.88.146
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170
The tall, flaring handles with struts and notched decoration indicate the influence of metallic prototypes. Impressed designs resembling fans, made with a comb-like device, are typical of this period. Archaeologists generally divide bucchero pottery into two basic types, bucchero pesante (heavy) and, as exemplified here, bucchero sottile (light), which tends to be finer, thinner, and more delicate.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1940. Handbook of the Etruscan Collection. p. 10, fig. 32, New York: Marchbanks Press.

de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 4.56, pp. 86-7, 212, 229, New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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