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Pitcher with Warrior Busts

This style of pottery, known as Bucchero ware, was produced in Etruria from the seventh through the fifth centuries BC. Made of clay that fired to a shiny black, these pots were intended to imitate bronze vessels. The sharp forms of the handle and the stamped relief panels on this pitcher specifically reflect characteristics of Etruscan metalwork. Interestingly, imitative shapes were developed by potters into innovative shapes that proved to be very influential. Bucchero ware was popular locally, but it also became an extremely profitable export. Examples have been found throughout the Mediterranean region.

Etruscan (Italy)
Pitcher with Warrior Busts
6th century BC
Terracotta
H. 11 in. (27.9 cm), diam. 7 1/8 in. (18.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 80.82