During the excavation campaigns carried out between the 1970s and 1990s in the Northern slopes of the hill of Su Murru Mannu in Tharros (Cabras – OR) a substantial amount of pottery sherds presenting a painted decoration more complex than usual was discovered. These findings came from the area of Punic tofet and, specifically, from the adjacent cra6 area. Among the repertoire of Punic painted pottery from the Northern district of Tharros zoomorphic themes certainly had a relevant role. Despite the fragmentary state of the specimens, the extraordinary attention to anatomical detail allows the identification of the different species depicted. This “bestiary” of Punic Tharros aims at providing an updated inventory of zoomorphic themes and discussing their significance in respect of their ceramic supports. The iconographical analysis, along with some consideration about their archaeological context, suggests the hypothesis that figurative paintings on Tharros Punic pottery had a more important role than a merely decorative function
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