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Photo of part of a scodella (deep, large bowl) decorated with a wavy line and sets of concentric circles, diameter ca. 20cm, re-assembled out of fragments from the Scavi Kleibrink 1991-2004, now in the National Archaeological Museum, Sibari.
Photo of part of a scodella (deep, large bowl) decorated with a wavy line and sets of concentric circles, diameter ca. 20cm, re-assembled out of fragments from the Scavi Kleibrink 1991-2004, now in the National Archaeological Museum, Sibari.

V.B.4. Large, deep bowl decorated with wavy line and concentric circles, Athenaion, Timpone della Motta

This large fragment was re-assembled by Jan K. Jacobsen out of four fragments from contexts inside the ‘Weavíng House’. Jacobson recognised the bowl fragment as belonging to a class of pottery called Oenotrian-Euboian. This pottery was produced on a fast wheel in Oenotria, almost certainly near the Timpone della Motta, but the motifs of wavy lines and circles were inspired by Euboian pottery.

Very similar bowls - complete ones - have been found in graves near Pontecagnano (see Figure), in a part of Campania where a rich pre-Etruscan culture developed.

A convincing chronology has been drawn up for the graves from Pontecagnano, which makes it possible to date the bowl from the Timpone della Motta to the first half of the 8th century BC.

Beside the fully decorated bowls with their red-glazed interior, hand-made bowls of similar shape were also produced for use in the Weaving House. These are decorated only with an undulating band in blackish matt paint, but they date from the same period (compare //). It seems that the Oenotrian-Euboian and the indigenous Oenotrian styles were produced and used simultaneously.

 The fragments come from the Scavi Kleibrink 1991-2004 (AC18.15.oe50,oe282 + 18.08). They are now in the National Archaeological Museum at Sibari.

Large, deep bowl in Italo-Geometric style, from tomb 224 at Pontecagnano, dated (in traditional dates) 780-750BC (after D’Agostino, Gastaldi 1988, Pl. 17).