The regular shape of the vessel seems to indicate that it would have first been hand-made and then turned on a wheel. The blackish gray terracotta is covered with a black paint, whose lustrous appearance was achieved by diligent burnishing.
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.
Modeled from a small terracotta plaque, this figurine belongs to a large group of statuettes known as “pappadès”, because of their polos (a high cylindrical hat) that makes them look like Orthodox priests.