Spill-proof baby cup, Etruria, 730-680 BC

Spill-proof baby cup, Etruria, 730-680 BC
Dating:730 BC–680 BC
Origin:Mediterranean Basin, Etruria
Material:Pottery (all types)
Physical:12cm. (4.7 in.) - 240 g. (8.5 oz.)

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  This spill-proof cup was used to feed an Etrurian baby between 730 and 680 BC. It was crafted in Impasto pottery (unrefined clay). “Due to their characteristic shapes and decoration, impasto pottery belong uncontroversially to the late Villanovian period” (Moretti 1970:81,85 up)

Ingenious specialized baby-feeding implements had been around for thousands of years in Egypt as noted by Friedman (1998:105, fig. 67, 207): “Pottery feeding cups have been recognized among the ceramic finds at several Middle Kingdom sites, almost exclusively in the burials of very young children. Most are simple cups or small jars whose rims have been pinched in one place to form a pouring lip.”

Bibliography (for this item)

Friedman, Florence D.
1998 Gifts of the Nile: Ancient Egyptian Faience (Florence Friedman editor). Thames and Hudson, London, UK. (105, fig. 67, 207)

Moretti, Mario, Gugliemo Maetzke, Manuel Gasser, and Leonard Von Matt
1970 Art et civilisation des étrusques. Hachette, Paris, France. (81, 85 up)

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