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Ring (kernos) with miniature water jars  (hydriskai) diameter ring // cm, found on Timpone della Motta, 7th c. BC, National Archaeological Museum, Sibari.
Ring (kernos) with miniature water jars (hydriskai) diameter ring // cm, found on Timpone della Motta, 7th c. BC, National Archaeological Museum, Sibari.

V.G.4. Kernos (ring) with hydriskai (water jars)

This hollow pottery ring  is incomplete but the size suggests that originally seven  small water jars (hydriskai) were sitting on it. The function of such objects was certainly cultic but how they were used is still uncertain. Because the objects are hollow, liquids  poured in one of the miniature pots would emerge from the others.

Thousands of hydriskai  found in the sanctuary indicate that water libations were important. Images show moreover that they took place during or after dancing. This fact together with the average size of the rings allows the  suggestion  that the kernoi were placed on the heads of  dancers before they used them in libations.   

The object comes from the South Fill where many more kernoi fragments and hydriskai were found,  from the Acropolis,Timpone della Motta, Scavi Kleibrink 1991-2004, no. AC///