During the past century there have been a lot of discussions regarding the toreutics in ancient Thrace. For quite a long time, one curious item is left aside from the works of scholars. In 1934, a pitcher was found around the region of nowadays village of Tazha, Kazanlak municipality (probably from destroyed burial mound). An article was published in the bulletin of Bulgarian archaeological institute and commented briefly several times later, but even today, it still lacks substantial publication. The item bears clear local manufacture and most fascinating - it’s made out of copper alloy. Although vastly damaged, from one to seven equal zoomorphic ornaments from three different types are preserved, positioned in the horizontal rows. They are all embossed, worked in repoussé technique using a stamp, outlined and several details are added by free hand afterwards. On the bottom row, there is a single image of a fish and just above it, there are seven birds, probably ducks. Most interesting are partly preserved bull heads, ornaments known from many metalworking tools, especially in North West Bulgaria, but attested on much fewer known Thracian toreutics.
This study aims to propose a certain date for the pitcher and determine its role in Hellenistic Thracian culture. The development of the three different ornaments can be followed throughout the second half of I millennium BC and a probable connection with similar items is proposed. The closest geographically and chronologically parallel – a silver pectoral from the region of Stara Zagora puts forth the question about the localization of a workshop, or a group of closely related workshops (which use similar tools), working on different types of items and materials, but with similar decoration in this region. A cultural continuity can be observed with later Hellenistic products from the northern regions, where more stylized ox heads and birds can be observed in local mould made pottery in II-I c. BC.