Classical World, Etruria, ca. early 6th century CE. A massive, perfectly formed ceramic kyathos, a bowl-like vessel with a distinctive high, strap handle. It is difficult to overstate the size of this vessel - nearly a foot wide and a foot and a half tall! Unusually for the form, it also has a long leg that broadens to a wide, round, concave foot decorated with raised ridges at the ankle. The body of the vessel has a flanged border between the body leg. The bowl widens outward, with a slightly concave interior. A tall strap handle rises from one side of the rim and folds over itself after a double-eared peak with a small round finial at its top. The shape of the handle is particularly elegant, flowing smoothly at its base into the underside of the bowl. On the strap is an incised motif of double X's in two vertical registers. A round boss studs the widest part of the handle. Bucchero is a specifically Etruscan style for firing pottery which results in a smooth, shiny black finish. This kyathos was likely made only to be buried with offerings, as much fine Etruscan pottery was. Size: 11.5" W x 18.75" H (29.2 cm x 47.6 cm)
This piece has been tested using thermoluminescence (TL) analysis and has been found to be ancient and of the period stated. A full report will accompany purchase.
See a smaller but very similar example that sold at Christie's in London for GBP 5250 in 2012 (approximately USD $7000): https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/an-etruscan-bucchero-kyathos-circa-550-500-bc-5546890-details.aspx
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-Simone de Montbrison, Paris, France, collected before 1969
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