Funerary urn from the Villanova culture - found in Chiusi, Italy

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Object: Villanovan biconical cinerary urn
Material: Black glazed ceramic, decorated with incised geometric motifs.
Dimensions: Approx. 365mm height.
Period: 9th cent. BC,
Villanova Culture.
Find spot: Chiusi, Italy.
Condition: Some larger, but stable cracks along the body. Almost complete, only slight additions at the rim and a small part at one side. Very good condition of the glaze and decor.
Decription: Villanovan biconical cinerary urn. Biconical body, decorated with incised swastica and other geometric motifs. Urns such as this were placed in tombs in the form of shallow wells dug into the earth and covered by a pile of stones. Other hut-shaped urns have provided precious information about the dwellings of the period.
References: University of Adelaide Museum of Classical Archaeology, Inventarnr. 647 und 648.
Mario Torelli, The Etruscans. Thames and Hudson (London, 2000). Seite 60 oben.
Christie's, Auktion 1163, Losnr. 69, im Jahr 2002.
Literature: Laura Bentini, La Pianura Bolognese nel Villanoviano.
Luigi Malnati, La necropoli e l'abitato villanoviano «al Galoppatoio» di Castelfranco Emilia.
Guidi Alessandro, Studi sulla decorazione metopale nella ceramica villanoviana.
Provenience: Bought in an auction house 2012. Previously in a German private colleciton. Acquired October 1968 at auction house Dr. Fritz Nagel, Stuttgart, Germany. Reportedly a find from Chiusi, Italy.
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