Stemmed Chalice



Bucchero chalice on high pedestal, mended from several fragments. Flaring foot groved on its edge and sharply moulded ring near top of stem. Flating cup with sharply carinated shoulder, impressed decoration: tongues around bottom of stem and a cylinder-impressed frieze of human figures on upper body. Striding men in short loincloths alternate with women in long sheath dresses. Each woman holds the hand of the man behind her, her other arm resting on the shoulder of the man in front, whose free arm is bent. The chalic was a common Etruscan form in the 7th and 6th centuries BC, a frequent variety being decorated with miniature impressed scenes of human activity or myths.