This so-called hanging-vessel of bronze was found at the east coast of southern Sweden. It was discovered by a hunter in 1870 in Bjurvik, Hjorted parish in Småland (SHM 4323). The area is rich in remains from the Bronze Age .
The hanging-vessel was found together with a large neck-ring with elaborate decoration in the same style. Hanging-vessels were probably used as a type of dress-ornament or accessory to the female dress. No hanging-vessel has been found in situ in a grave in Sweden yet but hanging-vessels seen on bronze-figurines indicate that they were worn at the back in a belt.
This vessel is dated to the end of the Bronze Age, circa 700-500 BC (period VI). It was made by lost-wax casting (cire-perdue) in Southern Scandinavia or Northern Germany.
The elegant decorations were most likely made already in the wax before the casting.