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Corinthian alabastron

Since the second half of the seventh century B.C., pottery manufactured in Corinth region (Greece), which has been unearthed in substantial amount both in grave goods and archaeological layers, had become quite common in Etruria.

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In a few years time, pottery reproducing shapes and motifs of the Corinthian and Etrusco-Corinthian ceramics was manufactured and became widely common.
This small ointment container is the only Greek ceramic product attested so far in the Bolognese context during the Orientalising period. Its circulation in the Po Valley region is undoubtedly ascribable to a northern Etruscan settlement, which at first was identified with Vetulonia – with which, moreover, Bologna had maintained privileged relationships in this period – and, in more recent times, has been located in Artimino, in the Arno middle valley. The scarcity of imported Corinthian and Etrusco-Corinthian pottery, however, between the 7th century and the first half of the 6th century B.C., is a phenomenon spread in all of the northern Etruscan and Padanian region.

Provenance: Bologna, Aureli Necropolis, tomb 11
Datation: 630 – 620 B.C.
Material: Ceramic
Dimensions: h. 10.7 cm; maximum diameter 5.9 cm.
Inventory #: 25702

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