Between the 8th and 6th centuries BC, the Italic Peninsula was inhabited by a diversity of civilizations. One of them was the Etruscan people, located in the north and on the west coast, the Greeks to the south and the Latins in the center, in the territory of the seven hills that surround the area of Rome. The Estruscans ended up being absorbed by Rome and they were one of the most important bases of this culture.
The Greeks established commercial relations with the Etruscans and this is the reason why we find objects from Etruria in the Vilamuseu collection. It stands out above all of them, the bronze colander from the 6th century BC. It was part of a feminine trousseau along with Attic ceramic pieces. The presence of this colander speaks to us of a direct commercial relationship between the Greeks and Àlon (Vilajoiosa), and is directly related to the mention that Alonís is made by classical sources as "island and city of Massalia" (Greek Marseille).
Photography: Etruscan bronze colander, Poble Nou cemetery.
The Etruscan bronze colander features a shallow central saucepan, the internal base of which is painstakingly drilled into concentric circles. The handle in on the upper face made by dotted lines that form an ivy leaf. The handle of this piece is not complete: only the start of the ring…