This one and a number of other ceramic objects date back to the time before the potter's wheel was introduced. By using patterns with incised lines the ancient master sought to increase the expressiveness of the figurine. If we assume it is a realistic representation, then at the time it was executed men must have worn small caps, large scarves, and beards. Their clothes must have been made of skin. The climate must have been cold. To my amateur eye, Lake Town pottery belongs to the Linearbandkeramik (LBK) culture. The latter receives mention by Ryan and Pitman.
Todor Dimov identifies it as an "anthropomorphous lidded vessel from tomb No 827 of the necropolis at Durankulak (the beginning of the 5th millennium B.C.) - culture Hamangia III ".
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