Impasto (pottery)

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An Etruscan impasto amphora, Louvre.

Impasto is a type of coarse Etruscan pottery. The defining characteristic is that the clay contains chips of mica or stone.[1]

In G.A. Mansuelli's, The Art of Etruria and Early Rome (1964), the term "impasto pottery" is described in the following way: "Ceramic technique characteristic of hand-worked vases. By 'impasto pottery' is generally meant that of pre-historic times, of the Iron Age or later, made of impure clay with silica content." (p. 236)

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  1. Nigel Spivey, Etruscan Art, page 35