Villanovan Cup with a Handle in Form of a Ram’s Head

Culture: Villanova
Period: 7th century B.C.
Material: Terracotta
Dimensions: 21 cm x 20 cm
Price: Sold
Ref: 4131
Provenance: Collection Wladimir Rosenbaum (1894-1984), Casa Serodine, Ascona, Switzerland.
Condition: Cup reassembled from several fragments, but without any larger missing parts.
Description: One-handled cup of the so-called impasto ware, attributed to the early Etruscan Villanova culture. The vessel stands on a high, ring-shaped foot. The cup protruding with a vertical rim, which is, over a rounded collar, decorated with stamped, concentric circles and by vertical, sculptural ribs. The handle in form of a stylized ram’s head with a large nose, broad horns and circularly stamped eyes. Inside of the foot an old collection label with the inscription “Epoca: Presannitica VI-V. Sec. A.C. (Impasto) Etrusco”.