Mycenaean bronze tripod decorated with cow and goat heads, with pomegranate and birds hanging from the upper ring. Tiryns, 12th century BCE. National Archaeoloigcal Musem, Athens.
Bronze tripods were luxury items in the ancient world. Bronze was a material of importance, and the intricate patterns demonstrate mastery of metalworking techniques. Tripods were sometimes awarded as prizes in competitions. They were often dedicated to a deity as votive offerings at temples, and have been found among grave goods.