Archaeological Collection

Bowl on a cross-shaped pedestal

Bowl on a cross-shaped pedestal
Item name:Bowl on a cross-shaped pedestal
Dating:2700–2400 BC
Dimensions:h. 6.5 cm, diam. 13.1 cm
Findspot:Ig – Dežman pile-dwelling sites
Inv. No.:B 1482
On display:The Earliest Stories from the Crossroads


This vessel on a cross-shaped pedestal is a typical product of the first half and middle of the 3rd millennium BC in the wider area of the Vučedol culture, from the central Danube Basin to the caves in Trieste Karst (Fig. 206). The cross of the pedestal on this vessel from Dežman pile-dwelling sites is repeated in its interior: the hemispherical hollow at the bottom, called omphalos, symbolises the sun orb radiating four lozenges in a cross-shaped pattern.


Side view
Top view

Further reading

Turk, Peter and Turk, Matija, 2019: The Earliest Stories from the Crossroads, Ljubljana, Fig. 169, pp. 130–131, 245.

On display in the Permanent Exhibition