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Matt-painted vessel, its neck and upper body decorated with a complex frieze of bands with crosshatched crosses. Former Bern-Getty collection of objects looted from the Timpone della Motta, combined with fragments from the Scavi Kleibrink 1991-2004. National Archaeological Museum of the Sibaritide (on display), Sibari.
Matt-painted vessel, its neck and upper body decorated with a complex frieze of bands with crosshatched crosses. Former Bern-Getty collection of objects looted from the Timpone della Motta, combined with fragments from the Scavi Kleibrink 1991-2004. National Archaeological Museum of the Sibaritide (on display), Sibari.

V.A.17. Matt-painted vessel with elaborate crosshatched decoration

We learned about the existence of the first fragment of this richly decorated matt-painted vessel in 1992, because it was then part of the collection of objects from the Timpone della Motta in the Archaeological Institute of the University at Bern.

Then, during the Scavi Kleibrink on the Timpone, several large fragments of the same vessel turned up, unfortunately all in disturbed contexts. However, fragments of other finely decorated cups and closed vessels, all representing remains of dedication offerings, were found between Temple V.c and a palisade wall, and areas of disturbance were found nearby. It is therefore likely that this vessel was originally part of a dedication in that same area. 

Decoration patterns that included an infill of crosshatched motifs were popular in the local matt-painting workshops in the second half of the 8th century BC. This vessel is the work of a local master who was inspired by Euboean and other Greek pottery. It is handmade and built up from stacked clay rings.

The object comes from the Timpone della Motta, Scavi Kleibrink 1991-2004 and the former Bern-Getty collection, National Archaeological Museum of the Sibaritide, Sibari.