Terracotta kantharos (drinking cup)


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.

Terracotta kantharos (drinking cup), Terracotta, Etruscan

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