The ovoid body with a frieze of four panthers taken from the same mold alternating with slender gadroons. The prancing felines with tails curled on their backs.
A zigzag and four grooves on the neck. The shoulder is decorated with pronounced molded tongues. Horizontal ribs on the body. Single handle with rotelles at the rim.
For a couple of closely related vases presumably from Vulci workshops cf. items no. 253 and 254 in: Ines Stucker. Italy of the Etruscans, Exhibition Catalogue. Mainz 1991.
Ceramic, bucchero pesante.
Etruscan, presumably from a workshop in Vulci, 550-500 BC.
H. 31.4 cm (12.3 in).
Weathered grayish bucchero pensante with traces of the original black coating. Two chipped shards attached to the spreading foot and craze around the belly fixed. Minor flakes to the trefoil mouth. Soil deposits.
Private NYS collection, ex Sothebyâ€™s New York, November 1990 sale, lot no. 206.