Sheramy Bundrick (University of South Florida), “’Etruscanizing’ Athenian Painted Pottery”
This latest installment of the Greek Painting in Context webinar series crosses the sea to Etruria, where thousands of Athenian figured vases traveled during the sixth and fifth centuries B.C.E. Dr. Bundrick discusses the mobility of not only the vessels themselves but their meaning as they were transposed into Etruscan settings and transformed into Etruscan objects. She focuses on three vases from tombs at Tarquinia, Vulci, and Foiano della Chiana: an amphora, hydria, and column krater that represent three different moments in the Athenian ceramic industry and three dynamic examples of “etruscanization.” The shapes and especially the subject matter of these and other vases meshed with local funerary practice and belief, so that their selection and usage was anything but random. This trio of vessels also represents provenance research at work. All were found in the 19th century and their contexts documented at the time, but the information was lost as the pots were sold on the art market. Dr. Bundrick shares her rediscovery of the vases’ original findspots and explains how context is essential to our understanding of consumption.