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Axtroki Bowl

  • Axtroki bowl. National Archaeological Museum, Madrid © Santiago Relanzón. Fundación ITMA; Museo Arqueológico Nacional (N.I. 1973/77/1)

    Axtroki bowl. National Archaeological Museum, Madrid © Santiago Relanzón. Fundación ITMA; Museo Arqueológico Nacional (N.I. 1973/77/1)

     
  

Category

Instruments, utensils and tools

Date

12th-19th centuries B.C.

Cultural background

Bronze Age

Original title

Cuenco de Axtroki

A golden bowl semi-spherical in shape finished in a curved border. It could have served as a bowl or a helmet.

At the time it was found in a site in Axtroki (province of Guipuzcoa) with another smaller bowl inside. It has recently been proposed that both pieces could actually be ceremonial helmets or hats used in some form of rite or ceremony.

Their geometrical decoration has been interpreted as a symbol of the sun.
 

Details of the work

Object
Bowl

Dimensions
Height = 9.5 cm; Maximum diameter = 19.7 cm; Weight = 230.5 gr.

Technique
Embossed

Material
Gold

  

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