This vase from the Late Bronze Age, c. 1100-500 BC was found during an excavation of a cemetery at the southern coast of Skåne, Sweden in 1925. The site is close to Abbekås in Skivarp parish. It was used as a container for cremated bones.
The biconical shape with a high cylindrical neck and a low and flared lower part is typical for finer ware in Europe during this period. From Italy in the south to southern Scandinavia. The vessel has a black colour, because it was fired in a reducing atmosphere (low in oxygen). The vessel has two handles, probably just for decoration and a sophisticated décor of oblique flutes on the shoulder. This type of décor is popular during this period in Italy, Central Europe and Southern Scandinavia. It is not know if the vase was made in Sweden or imported. But it is clearly influenced by continental taste.
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