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Description This stamnos features one large register with a head in profile flanked by ducks. On the shoulder is a row of tongues. The designs are molded and incised. The Etruscans were a confederation of city-states in central Italy during the 7th-3rd centuries BCE. In addition to their notability as a maritime power, the Etruscans are also known for their bucchero, a style of pottery that was produced between the 7th and the 5th centuries BCE. It is black inside and out due to the reducing atmosphere during the firing process that prevented oxidation. Bucchero vessels are made on a wheel, and the forms often imitate contemporary impasto and metalware. When polished, the effect of bucchero’s black surfaces can even resemble oxidized silver. Impasto is a coarser clay that that is often dark gray.
Date Description Narrative
7/11/1973Treatmentcleaned; loss compensation
Provenance Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902

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7th-5th century BCE (Orientalizing-Archaic)
bucchero or impasto
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H: 15 3/8 x Diam at mouth: 6 9/16 in. (39 x 16.7 cm); Circumference: 40 1/4 in. (102 cm)
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