37 • Tall Goblet with Hunting Scenes

Size: 17.5 cm high

This goblet presents a particularly rich iconography, but one which remains difficult to interpret unless one sees it as recording a specific event. Two of the facets show pairs of kneeling archers shooting arrows at each other. A third shows a herd of animals, five sheep and two goats. The fourth side is more mysterious. It shows a naked couple on the ground, apparently a woman comforting a wounded man. Above them a buried corpse, scored with cross-hatching to indicate that he is buried, one assumes. There have been different interpretations, but finally it remains a Rubik’s Cube of possibilities that awaits resolution.