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Etruscan Sub-Geometric pottery group.




   There is something about it that is quite unusual. 


Do you see it?


If not take a look again after you have read a bit more. While you read this and look at the photos remember that this article is in the "fakes" section!



The ancient makers of the Heron Class pottery group produced five shapes, these rather gracious plates, kraters, oinochoai, amphorae, and stamnoid ollas like these below.


Here is a pair of Heron class amphora.

One sold at a well known international auction house.


  • All these vessels are decorated these distinctive birds, considered to be Herons.   

  • The consistency and colour of the clay fabric and the colour of the painted decoration within this group is various. Sometimes one finds the birds painted in red upon vessels of a light coloured and fine textured terracotta called 'argilla figulina' which was introduced from Greece.

  • There are also pieces in a much coarser, darker clay where the birds are usually painted in white onto a well burnished orangey-red slip. This is the well known south Etruscan 'Red Ware''

  • There are further more such vessels with reddish decoration upon a cream coloured slip. In addition to the bird friezes on such pottery there are characteristically encircling lines and bands but no other major decorative elements.  

  • With those facts in mind, what should we make of these shapes, colours and decorations?

And are these consistent with what we know about the variety of Heron class pottery?   One of these above also sold at an international auction house.

And these below ? Same question.

Eva Rystedt, in her article on this type of pottery also mentions a "deep footed bowl". Maybe something like this? (E Rystedt, 'An Etruscan Plate', MedMusB 11 (1976), 50-54))

Are you wondering what I'm getting at?

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