Archaeological Collection

The vessels

The vessels
Item name:The vessels
Dating:2700–2400 BC
Findspot:Ig – Dežman pile-dwelling sites
On display:The Earliest Stories from the Crossroads


The vessels in the shape of a caprine udder and a hoof or shoe, found at Dežman pile-dwelling sites, afford an insight into the religious beliefs of the pile-dwellers in the Late Copper Age. The udder-shaped vessel has no close parallels. It may be the expression of a fertility cult specific to the pile-dwellers. Footwear-shaped vessels, on the other hand, are typical of the contemporary centres of the Vučedol culture at Vinkovci, Sarvaš and Vučedol (2700–2400 BC).


1. Udder-shaped vessel, clay, h. 12 cm, Inv. No. B 1137.
2. Shoe- or hoof-shaped vessel, clay, h. 8 cm, Inv. No. B 1134.

Further reading

Turk, Peter and Turk, Matija, 2019: The Earliest Stories from the Crossroads, Ljubljana, Fig. 165, pp. 127, 245.

On display in the Permanent Exhibition