Ancient pig-shaped baby bottle found in Italy | I Messapi alias salentini |
Italian archaeologists have discovered an ancient terracotta pig which worked as a toy as well as a modern-day baby bottle.Known as guttus, the unique vessel dates back about 2,400 years, when the “heel” of Italy was inhabited by the Messapian people, a tribal group who migrated from Illyria (a region in the western part of the Balkan peninsula) around 1000 B.C.Featuring pointy ears and human-like eyes, the pig-shaped guttus featured terracotta rattles in its tummy to apparently encourage the baby to sleep after the meal.The small terracotta pig is one of several rare objects found last May in Manduria, near Taranto in Puglia, when construction work exposed a Messapian tomb. [...]
Via Mariano Pallottini