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.