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Trozella with Geometric Motifs

Location

ITALY, APULIA

Era

7th-3rd c. B.C.E.

Culture

Messapian

Title

Trozella with Geometric Motifs

Date

5th-4th c. B.C.E.

Materials

Earthenware, painted decoration

Dimensions

27.8 x 24 x 20.5 cm

Credits

Gift of Claude Paradis, inv. 2016.194

Collection

Archeology and World Cultures

The Messapians are mainly documented in Greek sources and through their material culture. Despite hundreds of inscriptions discovered in the region of Apulia and their use of the Greek alphabet, their language has yet to be deciphered. Their pottery is chiefly decorated with geometric shapes with occasional figurative elements of Greek influence. The trozella is the most emblematic form of Messapian pottery. This type of vessel is characterized by two high handles adorned with a round disc at their top and base.

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