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Northern Italy, Villanovan culture, ca. 800 to 700 BCE. A pretty diminutive amphora with twin strap handles from the unpronounced rim to the shoulder and incised decorative motifs around its apple-shaped lower body. These include spirals that resemble the distinctive bronze brooches popular in southern Europe at this time, above which is what looks like an abstract bird in flight. The Villanovans inhabited Italy during the early Iron Age, and much of what we know of them comes from excavations of cemeteries (the first at the modern day town of Villanova near Bologna in northern Italy) where they cremated their dead and buried them in pottery urns with a very distinctive, conical shape. On these urns, Villanovans incised geometric motifs using a comb-like tool, probably the same kind of tool they used here. Size: 3.25" W x 4" H (8.3 cm x 10.2 cm)
Provenance: private Carlton Collection, Los Angeles, California, USA, acquired between 1965 and 1980
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