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Classical World, Etruria, Late 5th to early 4th century BCE. A stunning Etruscan skyphos depicting an owl on one side and a laureate head of a woman on the obverse. Beneath the loop handles are lovely stylized palmettes with tendrils. The technique employed for the painted iconographic/decorative program was similar to Six's technique used by Attic black-figure painters. This involved using layers of red or white pigment on the surface and incising details so that the black shows through. A Dutch scholar by the name of Jan Six first described this technique in 1888, hence the term Six technique. A fabulous example, as Etruscan owl skyphoi are exceptionally rare, and this combination of owl and female head motifs makes it even rarer. Size: 6.125" W x 3.25" H (15.6 cm x 8.3 cm)

Provenance: ex New York, New York collection; ex South German private collection, acquired in the 1950s; ex J.M.E. collection, New York, acquired in Munich, July 2006

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Scuffs/abrasions to handles and rim. Minute nick to incised band underscoring imagery. Normal surface wear with slight loss to pigments, but most remains very well preserved. Much of the black slip has developed a marvelous silvery iridescence.
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Etruscan Red-Figure Owl Skyphos w/ Lady of Fashion

Estimate $4,000 - $6,000Apr 09, 2020
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