Vessel made from fired clay
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 Ljubljansko barje (Ljubljana Marshes) 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.