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Plate decorated with concentric circles and four fusiform handles, on conical foot, found during the Scavi Kleibrink 1991-2004, Athenaion, Timpone della Motta, 7th c. BC, National Archaeological Museum, Sibari.
Plate decorated with concentric circles and four fusiform handles, on conical foot, found during the Scavi Kleibrink 1991-2004, Athenaion, Timpone della Motta, 7th c. BC, National Archaeological Museum, Sibari.

V.F.13. Plate with concentric circles and foot, Athenaion, Timpone della Motta

Bowls and plates like this one suggest that very special offerings were made to the goddess venerated in the Athenaion on the top of the Timpone della Motta.

With its thick wall it is a robust specimen, but its conical foot and the fusiform handles still lend it a certain grace.

The yellow colour of the Corinthian clay contrasts nicely with the applied terracotta-coloured concentric bands.

Similar plates also occur in Greek sanctuaries such as that of Hera at Perachora near Corinth, but not as often as is sometimes thought. In the Athenaion on the Timpone such plates are much rarer than drinking vessels.

Whether wooden bowls and dishes were also used is unknown, and it is therefore impossible to establish whether this difference between plates and drinking vessels is significant.

The plate was found during the Scavi Kleibrink 1991-2004 in the Athenaion, Timpone della Motta. It is now in the National Archaeological Museum at Sibari.