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Large Ancient Italian (Etruscan) Heron Class Amphor

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  • A Large Etruscan Heron Class Amphora, c. 680-660 BC, the ovoid body decorated with wide and narrow bands in medium to dark orange slip, a band around the shoulder containing a pair of stylized herons on either side, orange and brown bands around the wide, flat rim and along the two looped handles. H: 6 7/8 in (17.6cm). Ex South German private collection of an artist and art collector, purchased between 1960 to 1980.

    he Etruscan civilization (/ᵻˈtrʌskən/) is the modern name given to a powerful, wealthy and refined, civilization of ancient Italy in the area corresponding roughly to Tuscany, western Umbria, and northern Lazio. As distinguished by its unique language, this civilization endured from before the time of the earliest Etruscan inscriptions (c. 700 BC) until its assimilation into the Roman Republic, beginning in the late 4th century BC with the Roman–Etruscan Wars.

    Culture that is identifiably Etruscan developed in Italy after about 800 BC approximately over the range of the preceding Iron Age Villanovan culture. The latter gave way in the 7th century to a culture that was influenced by ancient Greece, Magna Graecia, and Phoenicia. At its maximum extent, during the foundational period of Rome and the Roman Kingdom, Etruscan civilization flourished in three confederacies of cities: of Etruria, of the Po Valley with the eastern Alps, and of Latium and Campania. After 500 BC, the political destiny of Italy passed out of Etruscan hands, but the decline was gradual, with the last Etruscan cities formally absorbed by Rome around 100 BC.

    Although the Etruscans developed a system of writing, the Etruscan language remains only partly understood, and only a handful of texts of any length survive, making modern understanding of their society and culture heavily dependent on much later and generally disapproving Roman sources. Politics were based on the small city, and probably the family unit. In their heyday the Etruscan elite grew very rich through trade with the Celtic world to the north and the Greeks to the south, and filled their large family tombs with imported luxuries. Archaic Greece had a huge influence on their art and architecture, and Greek mythology was evidently very familiar to them.

  • Weight

    2lb.

    Height

    7"

    Width

    6"

    Depth

    6"

    Weight

    2lb.

    Height

    7"

    Width

    6"

    Depth

    6"

    Date

    6th Century BC

    Kind

    Ceramics, Pottery & Crystal, Ethnographic Art & Ancient Artifacts

    Medium

    Terracotta

    Origin

    Etruscan, Italy