Central Italy, Etruria, ca. 570 to 540 BCE. This is a full bodied vase with broad strap relief handles, each with double panels with stylized griffins in low relief. There are two central ribs just below the shoulder and the foot is incised with horizontal stripes. There is a firing cloud at the lower body. This piece is one of my favorites, with a pleasing heft and elegant design. Etruscan bucchero, produced between the 7th and 5th centuries BCE in central Italy, is characterized by its smooth clay and dark grey or black shiny, polished surface. Objects in this style have been found in tombs around modern Tuscany and northern Lazio, and as exported wares as far afield as North Africa and Spain. This style of amphora is named for a Greek workshop that produced imitation Bucchero-ware stamped with the name Nikosthenes that was famous for its wide strap handles. Compare this piece to similar ones in the British Museum and the J. Paul Getty Museum. Size: 7.5" W x 10.6" H (19 cm x 26.9 cm)
Provenance: H. Ex Californian Collection of J. Smith, originally acquired from Charles Ede Ltd.
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