About this object

Faliscan impasto painted amphora, decorated with a frieze of Orientalizing creatures with palmettes in the field: confronted horse and bull, upright, tree-like Phoenician palmette, lion. Hole pierced in base prior to firing. Intact except for very small chips from edges of rim, base and handles.

Impasto is a type of coarse Etruscan pottery made from clay containing chips of mica or stone.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Container
  • Culture
    Faliscan
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy
  • Date made
    600 BC about
  • Materials
    Pottery
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Richborough Antiquities
  • Collector
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    485 mm x 156 mm
  • Related people
    Richborough Antiquities ( Previous owner)

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Publications

  • Catalogue of Etruscan Objects in World Museum, Liverpool

    MacIntosh Turfa, Jean; Muskett, Georgina

    Author: MacIntosh Turfa, Jean; Muskett, Georgina
    Publisher: Archaeopress Publishing Ltd
    Date: 2017
    Description: One of the finest collections of Etruscan artifacts outside of Italy was begun in the 19th century by Joseph Mayer, goldsmith, of Liverpool. His donation of the collection became the core of Liverpool Museum, now World Museum, and has been augmented over the years by additional gifts and other acquisitions, such as those from the Wellcome Collection and Norwich Castle Museum. Much of the original material came from the necropolis of Vulci (Canino) when it was excavated by Lucien Bonaparte, Prince of Canino, while additional objects represent several other cities and sites. Already famous for its gold jewellery and bronze vessels of the 6th to 4th centuries BCE, the Liverpool collection includes a fine selection of Etruscan vases, especially bucchero ware and Archaic painted vases, several scarab seals in semiprecious stones, a small number of carved ivories, and funerary urns, including that of Larui Helesa, in which were found gold earrings identical to those worn by her colourful effigy on its lid. A large group of bronze fibulae (safety-pins) furnish examples of most major types of those important ornaments of the Iron Age and Archaic periods. Engraved bronze mirrors and terracotta votives in the form of heads and body parts (such as uteri) of the 4th and 3rd centuries BCE illustrate myths and offerings that were essential to Etruscan religion. From a Villanovan sword to Hellenistic epitaphs, the Liverpool Etruscan and Italian collection offers a rare glimpse of early civilization in central Italy.

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Richborough Antiquities

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1967
    Disposal method: Sold
Object view = Humanities
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