VA·31 Sesto Calende

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Classification: bowl

Material: pottery
Size: max. diam. 23 cm, height 10.4–11 cm, foot diam. 8,3 cm
Condition: complete
Autopsy by: Corinna Salomon
Date of autopsy: Jan 26 2022

Archaeological culture: Golasecca I C
Date: third quarter of 7th c. BC
Date derived from: typology

Site: Sesto Calende (Varese, Lombardia, Italy)
Coordinates (approx.): 45° 43' 26.40" N, 8° 38' 6.00" E [from site]
Find date: unknown
Current location: Museo Civico Archeologico (Sesto Calende)
Inventory no.: no inv. no.

Inscription: VA·31 (?ịạtuịṇị)

Alternative sigla: none

Sources: Maras 2023: 129



Images in Maras 2023: 129, fig. 1 and 130, fig. 2 (photos), 131, fig. 4 (drawing).

Hand-built ceramic cup with low foot and inward-curving rim; detailed description in Maras 2023: 129. As indicated by differences in the condition of the inside surface, the vessel was used as cover of a funerary urn; the remains of ash are still visible. Part of the collection of the Bellini family of Somma Lombardo, which was compiled in the early 20th century and given to the Museo Civico of Sesto Calende in 2004; see Squarzanti 2009 for an overview of its history and inventory. The exact find place of the bowl is unknown, but may be assumed to be in the general area of Somma Lombardo/Sesto Calende – the typological dating to advanced G I C (Maras 2023: 129 f.) would fit with that of the Presualdo necropolis, whence come the two other archaic inscribed objects of the area (VA·3 Sesto Calende, VA·4 Sesto Calende).

Corinna Salomon