IDOL FROM THE LJUBLJANA MARSH

One of many artefacts discovered in the area of pile dwellings near Ig is a vessel made from fired clay in the form of a simplified human figure ornamented with an embroidered dress. Its nature can't be confirmed – whether it is a dressed up woman or a man or a human body with an animal head – but it is quite certain an object of cult ritual.
The motif of a cross that appears on the vase fourteen times is a prehistoric symbol of light, sun and life. It would appear that the pile dwellers tried to make sense of the natural phenomena and register them. The shape of the figurine is linked to the image of the constellation Orion in winter, which would suggest a calendar role.
The find is extraordinary due to the depicted symbols that testify to a profound mental and devotional world of the Ljubljana Marsh pile dwellers. In a technological and spiritual sense, the vase and other dedicated research testify to the importance of the pile dwellings near Ig in this part of Europe. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Details 
 
Object: Idol from the Ljubljana Marsh 
Description: Vase in a form of a human figure in an embroidered dress  
Date/Period: Third millennium BC 
Material: Fired clay 
Dimensions: Height: 20.5 cm 
Findspot: Unidentified pile dwellings near Ig 
Inv. No.: B 1114
Location: Permanent exhibition Prehistoric Treasures of the National Museum of Slovenia at the National Museum – Prešernova
 
Further reading
  • Anton Velušček: Figuralna vaza s kolišča pri Igu, Ljubljansko barje. Scripta praehistorica in honorem Biba Teržan (Situla 44), Ljubljana 2007, str. 151–168.
  • Peter Turk: Koliščarji. Stopinje v preteklost: Zakladi iz arheoloških zbirk Narodnega muzeja Slovenije, Ljubljana 2006, str. 76–77.