Early Villanovan Amphoriskos

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Impressive impasto vessel with nice decorations. Including TL analysis report.
Object: Early Villanovan Amphoriskos

Material: Impasto. Coarse clay with black slip.

Period: Approximately 10th century BC.
Early Villanovan culture.
Early Iron Age.
The dating and authenticity is backed by a thermoluminescence analysis ("TL test") by Kotalla's laboratory. It measures the date of production to be between 1800 BC and 950 BC. The thermoluminescence report will be provided to the buyer.
Sometimes this type of vessel is attributed to the Etruscans of the 7th century BC (cf. Pandolfini, Archeologia 23 Febbraio 2021, lot 63). Because we don't know of comparable finds from literature with a certain dating the dispute about the attribution can't be resolved, yet. However, our suggestion is in line with the margins of the TL analysis.

Description:    Tall amphoriskos with biconical body and conical neck. Two band handles run from the lip to the shoulder. The body is decorated by a relief on two sides, consisting of a central knob surrounded by two lines that meet at an angle.
The vessel impresses by its size and good condition. A wonderful example of the early ceramics production in Italy.

Background: Impasto is a certain type of ceramic made in Italy from Late Bronze Age to Early Iron Age. Especially the Villanovan culture produced lovely impasto vessels. They were made without a potter's wheel using unrefined clay. By adding substances to the clay and using thick walls stable pottery vessels could be produced even without highly developed furnaces. The black and dark brown slips are already reminiscent of the later Etruscan bucchero ware.

Dimensions: 25.4cm tall, c. 18cm diameter.

Condition: Great condition, part at the rim restored, otherwise fully intact with well preserved surface and decorations. Two micro drill holes from TL testing. The bottom is equiped with felt pads.

Provenance: Acquired by us in 2020 from the German private collection Dr. Schmidt. Dr. Diethelm Schmidt acquired the object in the early 1980ies from a Cologne (Germany) based art dealer.

Authenticity: We unconditionally guarantee the authenticity of every artefact, all items are subject to our lifetime return policy on authenticity.