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Wide-bottomed oinochoe (wine jug), height 12cm, imported from Corinth. Temple Plateau of the Timpone della Motta, Scavi Kleibrink 1991-2004, AC26.18.K010 etc. Middle Protocorinthian, first half of the 7th century BC. National Archaeological Museum of the Sibaritide, Sibari.
Wide-bottomed oinochoe (wine jug), height 12cm, imported from Corinth. Temple Plateau of the Timpone della Motta, Scavi Kleibrink 1991-2004, AC26.18.K010 etc. Middle Protocorinthian, first half of the 7th century BC. National Archaeological Museum of the Sibaritide, Sibari.

V.F. 20. Middle Protocorinthian wide-bottomed oinochoe (wine jug)

This fairly complete oinochoe from the sanctuary on the Timpone della Motta is one of a group of at least 150 jugs sharing a more or less similar form and linear decoration.

Although the objects in the former Bern-Getty collection of material looted in the 1970s from the Timpone della Motta include many complete or semi-complete specimens,[1] the jugs found during the Scavi Stoop 1963-69 and Scavi Kleibrink 1991-2004 are much more fragmentary.[2]

This particular oinochoe was found amidst a quantity of impasto fragments of large, 8th-century BC storage vessels, used as levelling material underneath the foundations of a temenos (sacred boundary) wall. The jug dates this wall to sometime in the first half of the 7th century BC. Its position in the middle of the levelling layer suggests that it was a deliberate votive deposition.

The object is associated with the temenos wall erected to the south of Temple V.C on the Timpone della Motta, Scavi Kleibrink 1991-2004, no. AC26.18.k010 etc.

[1] Van der Wielen van Ommeren et al. 2007, 196ss.

[2] Jacobsen-Handberg 2010, 203ss.