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Skyphos (wide drinking cup) with reserved band between the handles, diameter opening // cm, found  during the Scavi Kleibrink 1991-2004 (AC25.22.sky01), Athenaion, Timpone della Motta, second half 7th c. BC, National Archaeological Museum, Sibari.
Skyphos (wide drinking cup) with reserved band between the handles, diameter opening // cm, found during the Scavi Kleibrink 1991-2004 (AC25.22.sky01), Athenaion, Timpone della Motta, second half 7th c. BC, National Archaeological Museum, Sibari.

V.F.11. Wide drinking cup imported from Corinth, Athenaion, Timpone della Motta

The cup, of steeply rising form and with two horizontal handles, is covered with black glaze inside and out and stands on a low, flaring foot. The reserved band between the handles and the reserved area of the lower body decorated with a pointed star form strong contrasts. Elegant thin red lines are painted along the black glazed parts to mark the transitions to the reserved areas.

This Corinthian vessel type strongly influenced the  Athenian and Ionian production of black-glaze drinking cups, which however soon received a higher foot.

In the Athenaion on top of the Timpone della Motta drinking cups of this black-glaze type have been found less frequently than the often deeper Protocorinthian cups decorated with thin horizontal lines.

In the Athenaion the wide drinking bowls of Corinthian and local type are not found in combination with hydriskai  (cf. Museum No. V.G.3.) like the miniature and full-sized kotylai  (cf. Museum No. V.F.8. and V.F.10.) and kanthariskoi (cf. Museum No. V.G.1.). Also several finds of cups grouped together an in a few cases piled up, which remind one of a drinking set for several individuals.

Because in Greece these wide cups were also used to drink wine, this vessel from the Athenaion may have been used for ritual wine libation and drinking.  

The cup was found during the Scavi Kleibrink 1991-2004  in the South Fill on the Temple plateau of the Timpone della Motta, context AC25.20 and is now in the National Archaeological Museum at Sbari.