Courtesy of National Museums Liverpool, World Museum
Villanovan impasto cinerary urn. Broken rim (fragments retained). Flat base, biconical body, flaring rim and a single horizontal handle, round in section, set on the shoulder. The fabric is very coarse impasto, now very friable, containing large quantities of sand, black and white grit and sparkling inclusions. Surface decoration: rim highly burnished, most of body covered with incised and impressed ornament. Shoulder: corded line with very large pendant triangles composed of double and treble lines with cross-bars, impressed dots along the points.
The biconical urn, capped with a metal or ceramic helmet or a one-handled bowl, is the most distinctive feature of the Villanovan period (10th to 8th centuries BC). The urns were buried containing the cremated remains of a single individual, along with bronze objects or beads.