Carinated bowl

Siglos XIV-XI a. C.

Museo Arqueológico Nacional

Museo Arqueológico Nacional
Madrid, Spain

This bowl was found in the 1920s during Juan Cabré’s excavations at Las Cogotas, a site whose name was later given to one of the main Bronze Age archaeological cultures of inland Iberia, based on the local substrate. The principal defining element of that culture is its pottery, decorated using a combination of incision, excision and impressed Boquique-type motifs. The decoration covers practically the entire surface of the vessel, from the base up, and the patterns were probably originally filled with white or red paste.
Like the decorative scheme, the shape of this bowl—a flaring truncated cone with a straight rim—can also be considered a typical morphology of the Cogotas I culture. This type of vessel has a wide mouth, meticulous craftsmanship and rich decoration, suggesting that it was probably a piece of fine crockery or tableware used to served food.


  • Title: Carinated bowl
  • Date Created: Siglos XIV-XI a. C.
  • Provenance: Castro de Las Cogotas (Cardeñosa, Avila, Spain)
  • Type: Pottery
  • Rights: Museo Arqueológico Nacional
  • External Link: CERES
  • Medium: Clay
  • Cultural Context: Cogotas I Culture

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