This bowl with an X-shaped handle can be dated to c. 50 BC-200 AD, i.e., Late Pre-Roman Iron Age or Early Roman Iron Age. It was found in Gårdby parish on the island of Öland. It belongs to a type of fine ware with carefully polished surface and a delicately incised décor. The black surface is a result of firing in a reducing atmosphere, in other words, the oxygen supply has been restricted during the firing. It is made in a style typical for Southern Scandinavia, Northern Germany and Poland. The bowl has probably been used as a drinking vessel at feasts, dinners and during rituals.
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