Architectural decorative element
This is a hemispherical piece (resembling a dome) with the surface decorated with seven protruding ribs. The lateral sides feature stylized water birds. The base has a border of 2 centimeters. Artefacts of this kind have been found on Dealul Grădiştii (Sarmizegetusa Regia), inside the sacred area and near the fortification (e.g. in the emplecton). It is believed that they served a decorative purpose (probably for some buildings within the sanctuary).
Findspot: Grădiştea de Munte – Sarmizegetusa Regia, commune of Orăştioara (Hunedoara County)
Dimensions: height – 19.5 cm; length – 25 cm; width – 19.5 cm
Historical Date: second half of the 1st century BC – 1st century AD
Time period: Late Iron Age (Dacian)
Digitization Method: 3D Laser scanning by a Team from Technical University of Cluj-Napoca
Data Provider: Museum of Dacian and Roman Civilization, Deva.