Villanovan Impasto Chalice
An ancient Villanovan dark brown impasto ware trefoil chalice with incised parallel ribs around the body.
Ca. 800-700 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.
Accompanied by Italian Cultural Export Permit no. 11728 (4.10.2017).
Formerly in a private collection, Rome, Italy.