Sheramy D. Bundrick
My project is an examination of the reception of Athenian iconographic themes in Etruria, as depicted on Attic vases from ca. 530 to 450 BC, the apex of trade to this region. I will focus on the context of vases within Etruscan belief systems and material culture in documented tomb assemblages, for example, and the integration of recent Etruscological scholarship and discoveries. Motifs to be considered include eyes-as-decoration (e.g., on eye cups), scenes of musicians, scenes of heroes, and scenes of women (e.g., shown at fountainhouses). Decorated Attic vases used as cineraria will also be examined. Using principles of object biography, my project will demonstrate that Athenian vases were not passive artifacts as they moved from place to place, any more than the Etruscans were passive recipients. While Etruscans may have been unaware of specifically Athenian subtexts of pots they imported, they imparted their own interpretations, needs, and values onto the imagery.