Athens, Etruria, and the Many Lives of Greek Figured Pottery

Athens, Etruria, and the Many Lives of Greek Figured Pottery

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A lucrative trade in Athenian pottery flourished from the early sixth until the late fifth century B.C.E., finding an eager market in Etruria. Most studies of these painted vases focus on the artistry and worldview of the Greeks who made them, but Sheramy D. Bundrick shifts attention to their Etruscan customers, ancient trade networks, and archaeological contexts.

Thousands of Greek painted vases have emerged from excavations of tombs, sanctuaries, and settlements throughout Etruria, from southern coastal centers to northern communities in the Po Valley. Using documented archaeological assemblages, especially from tombs in southern Etruria, Bundrick challenges the widely held assumption that Etruscans were hellenized through Greek imports. She marshals evidence to show that Etruscan consumers purposefully selected figured pottery that harmonized with their own local needs and customs, so much so that the vases are better described as etruscanized. Athenian ceramic workers, she contends, learned from traders which shapes and imagery sold best to the Etruscans and employed a variety of strategies to maximize artistry, output, and profit.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 203 x 254 x 18mm | 1,156.66g
  • Wisconsin, United States
  • English
  • 110 black & white illustrations
  • 0299321002
  • 9780299321000
  • 1,155,089

Table of contents

List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
1 The Many Lives of Athenian Vases
2 The Nature of the Athenian Vase Trade
Findspots and Distribution Data
Pottery Workshop Deposits in Athens
Trademarks, Batch Notations, and Price Inscriptions
Shipwrecks with Commercial Cargo
3 Context, Consumption, and Attic Vases in Etruria
Liminality, Performativity, and Attic Vases in Etruscan Tombs
A Tale of Two Assemblages
4 Athenian Eye Cups Abroad
Apotropaion vs. Symposion
Athenian Eye Cups at Etruscan Vulci
5 The Mastery of Water
Herakles Meets the Merman
Fountainhouse Hydriai and the Etruscan Culto dell'Acqua
6 Attic Vases as Etruscan Cineraria
Foiano della Chiana
7 The Etruscanization of Attic Figured Pottery
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Review quote

Challenges and enriches our understanding of the ancient economy, the Athenian vase trade and its Etruscan customers, the iconography of Attic vases, and Etruscan funerary practices."" - Denise Demetriou, author of Negotiating Identity in the Ancient Mediterranean

""Bundrick's emphasis on consumer choice is original and groundbreaking. She does not examine vases as isolated creations. By reconstructing Etruscan funerary assemblages, she demonstrates a coherence in the choice of iconographical subjects adorning the various vases deposited in a grave."" - Athena Tsingarida, Universite libre de Bruxelles
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About Sheramy D. Bundrick

Sheramy D. Bundrick is a professor of art history at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. She is the author of Music and Image in Classical Athens.
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