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Handmade dipper cup in refined clay, restored, decorated with a matt-painted frieze of crosshatched triangles. From the excavations Stoop 1963-69 on the Acropolis of the Timpone della Motta. Height 7.9cm, diameter at rim 8.3cm. Middle Geometric period. Archaeological Museum of the Sibaritide, No. 64700.
Handmade dipper cup in refined clay, restored, decorated with a matt-painted frieze of crosshatched triangles. From the excavations Stoop 1963-69 on the Acropolis of the Timpone della Motta. Height 7.9cm, diameter at rim 8.3cm. Middle Geometric period. Archaeological Museum of the Sibaritide, No. 64700.

V.A.15. Dipper cup decorated with a matt-painted frieze of crosshatched triangles, Timpone della Motta

This small cup was handmade out of vertically stacked clay rings; the inner and outer surfaces were carefully smoothed after the strap handle had been added.

Friezes of triangles are often part of the decoration on South-Italian matt-painted pottery from the Early and Middle Geometric periods.

In the Sibaritide crosshatched triangles appear already in the Early Geometric, as is shown by a small dipper cup from that period, found in a necropolis at Torre del Mordillo and now on display in the recently opened, attractive municipal Museum “Enotri e Brettii’’ at Cosenza.

The cup from the Timpone della Motta is later and should be placed in the Middle Geometric period.

It was found during the Excavations Stoop 1963-69 on the acropolis on the Timpone. It is complete and as such a rarity among painted vessels from the sanctuary, which makes it the more unfortunate that not a more precise context is available.

The object is now in the National Archaeological Museum of the Sibaritide, Sibari.