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Ceramics

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Red-figure rhyton

Greek painted pottery is an important archaeological find because it helps in the reconstruction of the everyday life, trade, social relations, religion, and historic events of the period.

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Butmir culture pot

The most significant Late Neolithic cultural phenomenon in Bosnia and Herzegovina was named after its type-site (the site considered representative of a particular culture), Butmir near Sarajevo.

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Human head figurine from Butmir

Figural sculpture is an especially notable characteristic of the Butmir culture. Most of these finds of human – or rarely, animal – figurines are from the Butmir findspot.

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Figurine of a woman

Most human figurines from Butmir are female and have prominent sexual characteristics. Some items feature carved lines and punctures highlighting clothing details – dress, shoulder straps, necklaces, etc.

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Kostolac culture ceramic vessel

 

The catchment basin of the upper and lower course of the Bosna River is the most south-westerly, peripheral distribution area of the Kostolac culture in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The most important Kostolac site is Pivnica near Odžak.

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Vučedol culture ceramic pot

This ceramic pot from the Hrustovača cave near Sanski Most is a product of the most distinctive Late Aeneolithic cultural phenomenon in Bosnia and Herzegovina – the Vučedol culture, which, in its late phase, spread into central Bosnia along the valleys of the Una and Sana rivers.

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Ceramic pot – three-handled amphora

This belly-shaped pot – an amphora with a tall cylindrical neck and a prominent shoulder with two or three flat handles – is categorised as fine pottery.

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Vessel with theatrical mask motif

The artefact was brought to the National Museum in fragments, as an accidental find, and was reconstructed to its present shape. It is made out of fine purified clay, its walls are thin, and it is partially damaged near the lip.

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Goddess of Lug

In the 1950s, during construction work near Goražde, two significant archaeological sites were destroyed. At the time, archaeologists were able to record the presence of Neolithic dwellings and gather artefacts, most notably a flat anthropomorphic figurine.

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Butmir culture bowl

The use of ceramic is the most pronounced characteristic of the Butmir culture.