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Locally produced, bell-shaped krater decorated with large black ovoid motifs, Scavi Kleibrink 1991-2004, Timpone della Motta. 1st half 7th century BC. National Archaeological Museum of the Sibaritide, Sibari.
Locally produced, bell-shaped krater decorated with large black ovoid motifs, Scavi Kleibrink 1991-2004, Timpone della Motta. 1st half 7th century BC. National Archaeological Museum of the Sibaritide, Sibari.

V.I.09.Bell-shaped krater decorated with large ovoid motifs, Timpone della Motta

The bell-shape of this rather ‘modern’ looking vessel is rare for the 7th century BC. Much later, Corinthian and Attic bell-shaped krateres on a medium-high foot and with figurative decoration would become rather popular for mixing wine and water.

However, several vessels found elsewhere show that vessel form and this type of decoration went hand in hand for the local potters of the Metapontino and the Sibaritide.

Fragments of a similar krater were found at Incoronata in one of the earliest rectangular houses. It differs from the Timpone della Motta specimen in having a straight rim instead of a bevelled one. This makes it likely that the local potters in both regions were copying a specific popular and imported, Greek krater type, presumably from Corinth.

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