Pyriform vase with fake pourer

The pyriform vase is a closed container, with a fake pourer, often richly decorated, used during the Early Iron Age (9th-8th century B.C.) not used daily but for sacred rituals. There is a pyriform vase among the items on show at the Casa Zapata Museum in Barumini, coming from hut 36 of the Nuragic village of Su Nuraxi, that has a side body, with a fake pourer applied to the upper part and two opposite handles (figs. 1, 2, 3, 4).

Fig. 1 - Su Nuraxi, pyriform vase found in room 36 (from Lilliu 1955, table XLVIII).
Fig. 2 - Su Nuraxi, pyriform vase found in room 36 (from Trudu 2015, p. 397).

The smooth, shiny surface has a geometric decoration (zigzag, herringbone, concentric circles) that has been impressed and engraved.

Figs. 3, 4 - Su Nuraxi, graphic representation of the pyriform vase found in hut 36 (from Campus, Leonelli 2000, table 250.2, p. 442).

Some fragments found in hut 135 in Su Nuraxi belong to the same category of pyriform vase with fake pourer and geometric pattern (fig. 5).

Fig. 5 - Su Nuraxi, fragments of the pyriform vase found in hut 135 (from Santoni 2001, fig. 75, p. 77).



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  • LILLIU G., Il nuraghe di Barumini e la stratigrafia nuragica, in Studi Sardi, XXII-XXIII, 1955, pp. 356-360, tavv. XLVIII-XLIX.
  • SANTONI V., Il nuraghe Su Nuraxi di Barumini, Guide e Studi, Quartu Sant’Elena 2001, p. 77.
  • TRUDU E., Il nuraghe Su Nuraxi di Barumini, in MINOJA M., SALIS G., USAI L. (a cura di), L'isola delle torri: Giovanni Lilliu e la Sardegna nuragica. Catalogo della mostra, Sassari 2015, p. 397.