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Bichrome matt-painted amphora with alternating red and black bands. Found during the Scavi Kleibrink 1991-2004 in the sanctuary on the Timpone della Motta. Ca. 700 BC. National Archaeological Museum of the Sibaritide, Sibari.
Bichrome matt-painted amphora with alternating red and black bands. Found during the Scavi Kleibrink 1991-2004 in the sanctuary on the Timpone della Motta. Ca. 700 BC. National Archaeological Museum of the Sibaritide, Sibari.

V.A.18. Bichrome matt-painted amphora

The excavations of the sanctuary on the Timpone della Motta produced only a small quantity of bichrome matt-painted pottery. Monochrome black matt-painted decoration from the decades around 700 BC is more common, though in most cases the decoration is simple.

This vessel’s decoration, with wide, boldly painted, vertically alternating bands, is unusual. The small motifs in the lowest band, painted in black on a red background, are uncommon and barely visible, but together with the four fringes of bell-shaped triangles they create a visual balance.

The decoration is divided into two sections, front and back, leaving the areas underneath the handles undecorated.

Vertical, pointed bands are painted along each handle, a motif termed ‘moustache’. Such ‘moustaches’ are common elements in Oenotrian Late Geometric decoration. 

The object is associated with Temple V.C on the top plateau on the Timpone della Motta, Scavi Kleibrink 1991-2004. Now in the National Archaeological Museum of the Sibaritide at Sibari.