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Hand-made loom weight showing a dancing warrior and a deer, from the Scavi Kleibrink 1991-2004, no. 2813. Lw01, Timpone della Motta, late 9th-early 8th c. BC, National Archaeological Museum, Sibari.
Hand-made loom weight showing a dancing warrior and a deer, from the Scavi Kleibrink 1991-2004, no. 2813. Lw01, Timpone della Motta, late 9th-early 8th c. BC, National Archaeological Museum, Sibari.

IV.B.5. Hand-made loom weight showing a dancing warrior and a deer, Weaving House, Timpone della Motta

This interesting weight, of decoration type 2 (cf. Museum IV.B.3), shows an incised frontal figure of a warrior, with a dagger stuck in his belt and dressed in a short kilt. Although the image is schematic, the figure’s attitude suggests that he is dancing. The weight’s other broad side contains an incised image of a deer. Both images had been filled in with whitish paste.

Such motifs, incised on the weights by the very weavers who used them, enabled the women to copy these patterns into their work. The dancing young man and the deer would probably be used as elements in a row of identical figures in a piece of finely woven fabric.

The lid with the dancing warrior (Museum n. V.B.3.), the line of dancing warriors on the pyxis by the Francavilla painter (Museum no. V.B.4A.) and the dancing youths on the sacred apron of the Dama I figure (Museum no. III.A.2.) all suggest that sacred warrior dances were part of the cult performances on the Timpone della Motta. This weight shows that tradition to have reached back to at least the 8th c. BC.

The object comes from the altar courtyard of the Weaving House that was found on the Timpone della Motta during the Scavi Kleibrink 1991-2004. It is now in the National Archaeological Museum of the Sibaritide, Sibari.