Grotesque sounds quite often in Etruscan paintings, even in scenes of battles and abductions. The fight between pygmies and cranes is represented in this manner on one of the red-figure kraters from Volterra workshop (ill. 145). In Greek vase painting this plot was introduced in order to soften the sternness or solemnity of adjacent images. It provoked a smile. But Etruscan painter exaggerates everything: shortish Africans with rude movements, distorted, nearly grotesque, faces seem to be ugly and deformed; and the spectator’s reaction is different. This is the originality of Etruscan interpretation of Hellenic plots, its sharpness of feelings expression, of drawing contour lines, not speaking about colour differences.