El Gandul's Font
Bronze beaten and incised.
Length, 42.6 cm., Width, 28.8 cm.
VII century BC
El Gandul, Alcala de Guadaira, Sevilla.
This source, originally gold, shows the entire surface geometric patterns, plant-palmettos and rosettes, and animals, lions, sphinxes, fish and a snake-decorated usual period Tartessian Orientalizing of culture, also found in the ceramic or in the ivory decorations. It had two side handles, which have not survived, except a few fragments, but whose form we know thanks to a very similar copy of the necropolis of La Joya (Huelva). Its use, religious and funerary rites is related libation or attached to the ritual purification of death. Among the motifs have been identified in one end, a winged vessel, whose type-called Chardon, seems to respond to it that the polls used to contain the ashes of the deceased in the cemetery of Setefilla Tartessian (Lora Rio, Sevilla), we can see in the Museum Room VIII.
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