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Bucchero Chalice (Footed Cup)
Etruscan, ca. 600 BC Ceramic; H. 6 ⅛” Tampa Museum of Art, Gift of Robert and Janette Moody 1986.279
First produced in the early or middle 7th century BC, bucchero pottery is the most characteristic ceramic ware of the ancient Etruscans. More refined than the hand-made Villanovan impasto-ware that preceded it, wheel-made bucchero pottery is characterized by the black sheen of its exterior surfaces, achieved through heavy burnishing and firing at high temperatures in a reducing atmosphere. Thick-walled bucchero pesante (heavy bucchero) like this chalice often features applied mold-made relief ornament in the form of animals. The foot and much of the stem of this vessel are not ancient.