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Kantharos (the two high strap handles now missing) decorated in the Oenotrian Matt-painted Miniature Style. Found on the Temple plateau of the Timpone della Motta during the Scavi Kleibrink 1992-2004. Late 8th century BC, National Archaeological Museum of the Sibaritide, Sibari.
Kantharos (the two high strap handles now missing) decorated in the Oenotrian Matt-painted Miniature Style. Found on the Temple plateau of the Timpone della Motta during the Scavi Kleibrink 1992-2004. Late 8th century BC, National Archaeological Museum of the Sibaritide, Sibari.

V.A.20. Kantharos in miniature style, Timpone della Motta

When the vessel was found its two characteristic high handles were missing, but traces of their base are still present.

The vessel was handmade from stacked clay coils and afterwards smoothed with a spatula or stick, then rubbed with a piece of leather or sponge.

The decoration is highly characteristic for the miniature style en vogue in the Sibaritide from ca. 720/10BC onwards.

The painter applied a front and a back frieze consisting of a series of horizontal bands filled with stripes and dots. A zigzag fringe is suspended from the centre of each frieze, and long vertical pointed bands along both sides of each handle originally counterbalanced the high strap handles.

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