Historical knowledge

Bowls of gold

Among the most remarkable objects from the Late Bronze Age are the fine bowls hammered up whole from gold sheet. They were produced in the period 1000-800 BC.

The golden bowls were as a rule deposited as sacrifices – usually in pairs and several sets together. We know of 40 golden bowls from Denmark. The biggest find comes from a bog near Mariesminde on Funen, where 11 bowls were found in a bronze bucket originating from central Europe. The golden bowls are decorated with sun symbols and several have a handle with a horse’s head. They may have been used as drinking cups at ritual feasts and possibly contained an intoxicating drink.

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