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Situla (a cup) and Fiala (a chalice)

Title: Situla (a cup) and Fiala (a chalice)
Site: Kаrаburmа i Rоspi Ćupriја
Location/Region: Belgrade
Chrolonology: 1000 BC - 1 AD
Museum: Belgrade City Museum
Country: Serbia
Epoch: Early Iron Age
Culture: Hellenism
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: Situla – H 20 cm, Fiala – H 4 cm
Production Technique: Situla – casting, Fiala – casting, embossing
Bibliography: Pеtrоvić Bisеniја i drugi. Мuzеј grаdа Bеоgrаdа, ur. Sеfеrоvić Nаdа. Bеоgrаd: Мuzеј grаdа Bеоgrаdа, 2003.


A bronze Situla (a cup) and a small bronze Fiala (a chalice) were discovered in the grave of a Celtic military aristocrat, number 22, at a necropolis in Karaburma. Situla has two handles that are attached to the body of the vessel by heart-shaped details. Fiala has the omphalos (the bottom), so called. phialai mesomphaloi. This ritual or perhaps set of dishes for feast, was made in the second half of the 4th century BC, probably in the South Italian workshops. It is also possible that the deceased brought the set from an unsuccessful Celtic military expedition to Greece.