Etruscan Bucchero Skyphos
An ancient Etruscan bucchero skyphos, a wine cup, with a ribbed body and a band of impressed radiate designs around the top.
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.
Formerly in Pennsylvania private collection, acquired at Christie's, London, February 27, 1980, lot 107.