MYSTERIES OF THE BINOCULAR VESSEL

 

TRYPILIAN SECTION

  •  Mysteries of the Binocular Vessel
  • Sacred Objects
  • Household Objects
  • Zoomorphic Pottery
  • Geometric Pottery
  • Large Pots

 

TRYPILIAN ‘BINOCULARS’: WHAT ARE THEY?


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Over a thousand Trypilian settlements were discovered in Ukraine, Moldova and Romania (where this prehistoric culture is referred to as Cucuteni).Although archeological excavations have produced extensive inventories of artifacts, Trypilian society still has many mysteries to unveil.

Unique to Trypilian culture are its binocular-shaped objects. Trypilan binoculars are bottomless and hollow. A significant number of ‘binoculars’ were found across Ukraine, but their purpose remains undetermined. Opinions have been expressed that they could be used as lamp-holders, tambourines, or sacred utensils.

 

IMAGE CITATION

1. Binocular-Form Vessel, 4250-3850 B.C.

Ukraine, Vinnitsa region. Ceramics

2. Binocular-Form Vessel, 4400-4200 B.C.

Ukraine, Chercas’ka region. Ceramics

3. Kernos, 3850-2900 B.C.

Ukraine, Vinnitsa region. Ceramics

 

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