Cup on a foot with triangles relief decoration

Ultima modifica 26 ottobre 2023

Clay cup on a foot has the form of a truncated cone. 
It has a large mouth and, close to the hem, has an external decoration in relief consisting of a horizontal band just below the hem and an elegant horizontal cord that runs along the edge with zigzag pattern called "wolf tooth".
Like the other ceramic artefacts, this is also made with the technique called "colombino" or "cercine” which consists in rolling up long strings of clay, widening it or tightening it to give a shape to the jar.
Often, in substitution of the cords, bands were modelled in the same way as the strings and  were wrapped on themselves to create the first structure of the jar.
Once the shape of the basin is finished, the foot is added, modeled later on the bottom. It is then smoothed and decorated the outside. The next steps are drying and cooking.
The artefact found in tomb nr 3 of Grottazzolina is about 15,5 cm high.
The cup was used to contain liquids and perhaps food.
The cup belongs to tomb nr 3 where a woman was buried with a rather rich trousseau which, in addition to pottery, was composed of bronze, bone and amber jewelry.
Dating: sixth century BC

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