Anuarul Muzeului Etnografic al Moldovei – III / 2003


Within the rich of clay molded objects we found particular interest for the cucutenian spoons discovered in the sites specific to the Cucuteni-Tripolie communities, layed within the Eastern area of the Old Agrarian Europe, broadly defined by Marija Gimbutas as Old European Civilization for their usefulness in both day to day and ritual usage. The conserved remains are mostly fragments of the dipper hemisphere, similar to the small water drinking bowls, or parts of their tails. Complete or completable samples were seldom found (fig. 1/6; 4).

The discorvered spoons were sorted traditionaly: a first group included simple spoons, shapes close to the ones found in any traditional romanian village, some very small, others with shapes close to the painted samples and spoons with engrossed decor; the second group consists of painted spoons, called by the publications ladle and the ones with triangle antropomorphic tails.

Several lots of such objects specific to the Cucuteni culture, subphases A3-A4, were presented. The drawings show mostly the spoons found in Bârlad Plateau, known better to us, especially the ones found in one of the most rich cucutenian dwellings here, Dumeşti, Între Pâraie.

The ornamental spoons can be connected with the properties, the tools necessary during religious acts. They can be one of the regeneration symbols, of fecundity, assurance of the community prosper.