This amphora was made in the traditional Etruscan technique known as “black bucchero”. The vessel was first carefully polished in order to obtain the shiny, lustrous surface typical of this class of containers; it was then fired in an oxygen-poor kiln, which caused the fabric of the clay to change color from its natural red to blackish gray.
This bottle is modeled in a grayish blue opaque glass with lighter veins. Technically, it belongs to the class of mold blown vessels made in a tripartite mold (the glassmaker would blow the parison directly into a mold composed of three parts, and inflate it to adopt the shape and pattern carved therein).
This amulet, molded in a uniform, slightly friable pale blue frit, is carved on both sides and represents a left eye and a right eye in low relief. The hole for suspension was pierced horizontally, at the eye level.