Etruscan Bucchero Olpe
An ancient Etruscan bucchero olpe, a wine pitcher, with a wide lip, strap handle, and body that tapers to a disk foot. The black glazed-surface has earthen encrustation and white root marks throughout.
Bucchero ware was the distinct local pottery type of ancient Etruria. It is distinguished by its delicately potted black earthen fabric as well as its glossy, burnished black surface, often with incision work. Bucchero ware was produced through the unique "reduction" method in which it was fired.
Confer: I. Jucker, Italy of the Etruscans, (Mainz, 1991), p. 187, nos. 236-237.
Formerly in Pennsylvania private collection, acquired at Sotheby's, November 5, 1979, lot 292.