Villanovan Impasto Amphora
An ancient Villanovan dark brown impasto ware amphora; the vessel with a high foot, columnar neck, and applied ribs and 'nipples' on each side.
Ca. 750-700 BC.
The so-called Villanovans (named after a modern town near Bologna) were the Iron age predecessors of the Etruscans. They are thought to have settled the area of Etruria, roughly modern Tuscany, in the 11th century BC. By the fourth century BC the Villanovans were assimilated by the Etruscans and overcome by the neighboring Gauls.
cf.: I. Jucker, Italy of the Etruscans, (Mainz, 1991), p. 155, no. 179.
Formerly in a New York private collection, acquired between 1956 and 1975.