Brest-Trishin burial ground, near the town of Brest, Byelorussia
2nd-3rd centuries AD
This is a vessel of biconical form with an X-shaped handle. The black colour of the surface was obtained by baking the vessel in the kiln without oxygen and subsequently polishing it with a piece of flint or bone. The situla was made without the use of potter's wheel. Such vessels are typical of the culture of the early Germans (the first centuries AD) and similar vessels have been found in Southern Germany, in the Elba basin and in the Polish area of the Baltic coastlands. They are described as belonging to the Wielbark-Cecele culture formed by 1st century objects found on the Polish area of the Baltic Sea littoral.