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Villanovan (Pre-Etruscan) Blackware Pottery Kantharos

Europe, central/north Italy, Villanovan culture, Iron Age, ca. 700 to 750 BCE. A stunning wine cup (a kantharos or chalice) with high-arched twin handles bridging rim to shoulder, the bulbous body adorned with modeled ribs and knob-like projections emerging at the centers of both sides, leading to a cylindrical neck that constricts where it meets the handles, all upon a petite concave base. A superb example from the earliest Iron Age culture of central and northern Italy. Size: 6.375" W x 5.625" H (16.2 cm x 14.3 cm)

Condition: Tiny nicks to rim and base. Surface shows minor wear with scuffs here and there.

Provenance: private Carlton collection, Los Angeles, California USA

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