Wide shallow bowl with low foot. The looped ribbon handles terminate inside the bowl in a highly-stylized animal protome, probably representing a bull's head. Handles of this type, with bull or ram protomes, are relics from the Apennine bronze age; vessels with these attributes may have served a cultic purpose. The tube in the center of the bowl continues through the foot and is pierced through. It was originally joined to the rim by a bridge. The decoration consists of bands, zigzag motifs, and triangles impressed in the clay with strings of varying thickness or with roulettes. A similar, continuous central tube occurs on an impasto bowl in Tarquinia where handles such as the one described above are occasionally observed.
Jucker, Ines, Italy of the Etruscans, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1991, English
Italy of the Etruscans: Archaeological finds from the First Millenium, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 18/06/1991 - 18/11/1991