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A Bronze Jug from the Shverin Burial-Mound*

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The article is devoted to the publication and analysis of a fragmentary bronze jug found in 1872 during excavation of a barrow near Streletskaya Bay, on the estate of Colonel K. I. Shverin, the only known burial-mound in the necropolis of Chersonesos Taurike. A detailed analysis of the jug fragments, primarily its handle, and of the parallels for it give grounds for dating the bronze jug from the Shverin burial-mound within a broad period from the late 6th century to the mid-5th century BC. Much more complicated is the question as to the place of its manufacture, given the fact that most of the parallels discussed originate from the North Pontic region (Ulyap Barrrow No. 1/1981; the hoard from Peschanoe). Most probably both the jugs from the Ulyap and Shverin burial-mounds may be given a preliminary attribution as items from a Corinthian workshop. The proposed dating of the bronze jug from the Shverin burial-mound does not necessarily mean that the barrow should also be dated to the same period. We are aware of examples of long use for rare imported bronze vessels in the North Pontic region. Yet the possibility that the Shverin burial-mound was erected later than the 4th century BC seems slight. Most probably, given the dating of this find ‐ the only one from the barrow, it should be dated within a broad framework of the 5th or first half of the 4th century BC.

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