Sezione Archeologica (Il Medioevo) – Sala VIII – Vetrina 14

Ceramic fragments  

The top shelf shows ceramic fragments coming mostly from the old town of Cetraro, which should be dating back to the late Middle Ages and the Modern age. The fragments 2, 3, 4 and 5 are made of the type of ceramic generally produced between the XI and XIII centuries, characterized by a simple red-painted or brown-painted decoration with geometric motifs and sinuous lines, inspired by Sicilian-Arab art. This type of ceramic, widespread in central and southern Italy, is particularly documented in Calabria in the coastal settlements with ports or landing sites as Cetraro, Tropea, Nicotera, Palmi, Bagnara, Locri, Gerace etc. In a broader comparative study, however, the type of ceramic ends up to be similar to the vast repertoire of late medieval pottery fragments found in several seaside towns of Campania, especially with those found in Salerno at the Castle of Arechis. Of the group of remaining fragments made of glazed ceramic, the fragments 6 and 7 date back to the post-medieval age, while fragments 8, 9, 10 – parts of very common pitchers with twisted handles – are dating back to the XVII and XVIII centuries. Also fragments 11 and 12 are dating back to the aforementioned ages.

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foot and bottom of an unidentified jar decorated with brown paint




fragments of ceramic decorated with red paint


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fragments of glazed ceramic