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Etruscan Bucchero Amphora w/ Animals, ex-Christie's

Northern Italy, Etruscan, late 7th century BCE. An outstanding Etruscan bucchero amphora with an extensive and very refined graffiti decorative program comprised of six feather-like motifs around the upper section of the neck, six open fan motifs at the lower end of the neck, just above the shoulder; four bands that each contain three upright feather-like motifs separated and bordered by incised double lines on the handles; a register of incised vertical frets surrounded by bas relief borders with incised diagonal marks; a wide register displaying a parade of four animals including two antlered bucks alternating with two wild felines as well as a centaur. The overall shape of the vessel suggests a funerary context. Similar examples were found at Cerveteri. This particular vessel is among the finest Etruscuan Bucchero amphoras we have had the honor of handling. Size: 7.375" in diameter at widest point x 9.125" H (18.7 cm x 23.2 cm)

See a similar black Bucchero Etruscan amphora at the British Museum collection (accession number 1984.1023.2) - https://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=466606&partId=1

Condition: A small section of the rim (about 2" long) repaired and restored. Body repaired from approximately 15 pieces with restoration over the breaklines. Still one of the best examples we've seen.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-private Texas, USA collection, acquired in the early 2000s; ex-Christie's, New York Antiquities auction (sale 1446, December 10, 2004, lot 520)

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