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Slavic Pottery

  • Era/Century: Middle Ages
  • Site: Vinča, Bolečica River
  • Dating: 10th century
  • Material: terracotta
  • Technique: incising, polishing, slow potter's wheel
  • Dimensions: height 13,4-17,4 cm
  • ID Number: AS 2423-2428
  • Property: Belgrade City Museum
  • On Display: No

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These four pots and the lower part of a polished jug are part of the household vessels of a Slav family which seems to have abandoned its home in haste, judging by the fact that all the vessels were found on the floor near the stone stove in a sunken house. The pots differ from one another, which shows that they were procured for specific purposes and from five potters, each of whom introduced into his product elements of the tradition from the place of his origin. Traces of influences from Great Moravia are discernible on one pot, another can be associated with the south Pannonian ware, the third is the work of a Slav potter from the surroundings of Belgrade, and the fourth comes from a workshop in the Lower Danubian region. The jug conforms to the tradition of Bulgarian potters.

The vessels may have been bought from some trader or from the potters themselves, perhaps on a market day in the town's marketplace. They date from the middle of the 10th century, as is shown by the grape-like "Belgrade-type" earring which was found in the layer of earth which covered the abandoned house in the second half of the 10th century. The "Belgrade-type" earrings show that this area was a centre of crafts, trade and fashion.


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