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Impasto loom weight of spherical type with a horizontal hole through the top and decorated with an incised meander pattern. Found during the Scavi Kleibrink on the Timpone della Motta, AC18.15.w215, first half 8th century BC. National Archaeological Museum of the Sibaritide, Sibari.
Impasto loom weight of spherical type with a horizontal hole through the top and decorated with an incised meander pattern. Found during the Scavi Kleibrink on the Timpone della Motta, AC18.15.w215, first half 8th century BC. National Archaeological Museum of the Sibaritide, Sibari.

IV.B.6. Loom weight of spherical type with incised decoration.

This type of loom weight, made of refined clay, is often undecorated (compare Museum no. -to follow), which makes this nicely decorated specimen exceptional.

Its weight is also twice that of the undecorated, smaller types, which suggests that they were not used on the same loom.

The incised decoration was originally filled in with a white paste to create a pleasing contrast with the brown burnished surface.

The fringe of hooks underneath the line encircling the weight’s maximum diameter is also found on painted pottery.

We know of no comparable weights of this type from elsewhere; they seem to be limited to the sanctuary on the Timpone della Motta, as are the undecorated types.

The object is associated with the Weaving House on the Timpone della Motta, Scavi Kleibrink 1991-2004, AC18.15.w215, and is now in the National Archaeological Museum of the Sibaritide at Sibari.