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Matt-painted dipper cup, decorated in the Miniature Style, found in timber dwelling IV, Plateau I of the Timpone della Motta, 8th century  BC, National Archaeological Museum, Sibari.
Matt-painted dipper cup, decorated in the Miniature Style, found in timber dwelling IV, Plateau I of the Timpone della Motta, 8th century BC, National Archaeological Museum, Sibari.

V.A.7. Burned, matt-painted dipper cup in the miniature style

This dipper cup was restored by Dr. A.J. Nijboer (GIA) from many fragments, found in different contexts of the fill of hut IV on Plateau I of the Timpone. This task was complicated by the fact that many fragment, but not all, were burnt by a fire that must have raged on Plateau I of the Timpone della Motta after the fragments were dispersed over several different areas.

The colour of the vessel is not the original one and the decoration has suffered too. Nevertheless, the draughtman of the GIA, Huib Waterbolk,  has been able to draw the form and the decoration as they originally must have been.The simple decoration consists of a frieze of horizontal broad bands flanking a central band filled with crosshatching lines.

In the centre three short and plain fringes are pending, whereas along each side of the handle long ‘moustache’ lines were painted. This way of decorating is shared by many matt-painting workshops  during the Late Geometric period. Friezes filled with small motifs (hence the name Minature Style) date from that period too.

Prof. Douwe Yntema from the Free University in Amsterdam, was the first to state that the small motifs were inspired on the imported Greek vessels, mainly from Corinth. 

The object is associated with timber dwelling IV on Plateau I of the Timpone della a Motta, Scavi Kleibrink 1991-2004, no. CE4A2.4.r12 and is now in the National Archaeological Museum of he Sibaritide.