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Neolithic vessels with animal characteristics from Northern Greece: Modifications of material corporeal sings, negotiations of clay bodyscapes


 
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1. Title Title of document Neolithic vessels with animal characteristics from Northern Greece: Modifications of material corporeal sings, negotiations of clay bodyscapes - Animal Iconography in the Archaeological Record
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Evangelia Voulgari; National and Kapodistrian University of Athens;
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) Archaeology
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) representation of animals; iconography of animals; animal-human relations; images of animals; Neolithic; Medieval; animals in the past
 
5. Subject Subject classification animal representation; history
 
6. Description Abstract Stemming from the study of the late Neolithic pottery from Dispilio, Northern Greece, this paper proposes a theoretical and methodological approach in an effort to shed light on the social significance of vessels decorated with animal characteristics. In the ceramic assemblage of this lakeside settlement a variety of vessels resembling animals has been found, amongst which a remarkable number of the so-called rhyta, a peculiar class
of shallow, slanted vessels on four legs, with large vertical handles. Their enigmatic form, unique decoration and territorial spread -from southern Greece through Albania to northern Italy, to Lipari and the Aeolian Islands, and to Kosovo and central Bosnia- have puzzled many researchers and led to a number of theories. The ceramic assemblage of Dispilio gives the opportunity to examine these “peculiar” vessels alongside not only other
zoomorphic representations but also anthropomorphic and “x-morphic” ones. Taking vessels with animal characteristics as a baseline, I shall attempt to propose an alternative approach, seeing vessels’ surfaces as the contact zones between humans, things and animals, where exchanges and interaction take place through representation. These zones of interaction, where the boundaries of worlds jostle each other, are considered as the outcome of bodyscapes’ negotiations, distinguished from the flesh and blood they seek to imitate and enframed by human desire in order either to leap or to emphasize the dichotomies between human–animal or animate –inanimate.
 
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
 
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Nov-2021
 
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
 
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12. Format File format PDF
 
13. Identifier Uniform Resource Identifier https://journals.equinoxpub.com/books/article/view/38875
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.38875
 
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Animal Iconography in the Archaeological Record
 
16. Language English=en en
 
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) worldwide,
Neolithic to Medieval periods
 
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