Bucchero wine pitcher with relief, 6th Century BCE. 8-1875
Wine was a key part of Etruscan culture and commerce demonstrated by the large number of drinking vessels that have survived from Etruria. The highlight of this vessel is the repetition of the two relief figures embracing one another. This pitcher could have been used for a ceremony or ritual involving love or union, such as a marriage. By examining an everyday object and learning about its context, one can imagine its use, allowing us to better understand Etruscan culture and daily life and offering us a broader view of the ancient Mediterranean beyond the Greco-Roman lens.
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