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Cup with a frieze of water birds, Italic-Oenotrian matt-painted ware. Found on the Temple plateau of the Timpone della Motta during the Scavi Kleibrink 1992-2004. 1st half 8th century BC, National Archaeological Museum of the Sibaritide, Sibari.
Cup with a frieze of water birds, Italic-Oenotrian matt-painted ware. Found on the Temple plateau of the Timpone della Motta during the Scavi Kleibrink 1992-2004. 1st half 8th century BC, National Archaeological Museum of the Sibaritide, Sibari.

V. A.13. Cup with a frieze of water birds, Timpone della Motta

The compressed-spherical cup was handmade from stacked coils and carefully smoothed before the painted decoration was applied.

The artist painted two broad horizontal black bands, one directly below the rim and the other below the handle. In between in the handle zone are two sets of three smaller bands enclosing a row of swimming birds.

The motif is well known from other matt-painted Middle Geometric vessels, especially those produced in the Salento area.

However, this painter, who produced for the Timpone della Motta sanctuary, did not copy those motifs exactly but applied them in an original fashion by omitting the crosshatched filling motifs found on other vessels (compare Museum Nr. V.A.12), thus creating a more naturalistic composition.

The object is associated with Temple V.B and was found on the Timpone della Motta during the Scavi Kleibrink 1991-2004. It is now in the National Archaeological Museum of the Sibaritide, Sibari.