The handles would be attached to the holes near the shoulder, while the use of those located lower is uncertain. The same decoration is applied to the rim, the shoulder and the base, with tongue motifs. The vaulted lid is decorated with scales and had a handle, as indicated by the suspension holes. Bronze vessels, mostly hydrias, and more rarely of other shapes, were used as urns, in which the dead's ashes and bones were put after their burning. This is the reason why they often had a lid, which in some examples preserves the lead sealing the vessel.