• TITLU în română: Reconsiderarea armurilor pentru picior (?) din Agighiol (România) şi Vratsa (Bulgaria)
  • Subiect: The following text analyses four Thracian silver greaves with a human face on the kneecap. They all were found in rich turnular graves: one - in the town of Vratsa, Northwest Bulgaria; two - at Agighiol, Tulcea region (Southeast Romania), and one - near the villages of Malornirovo and Zlatinitsa, Yarnhol region in Southeast Bulgaria. All four of them appear as one piece, not in pairs. The widely accepted association of these greaves with the representation of a greave on the visible horseman's left leg on the farnous applique frorn Letnitsa (North Bulgaria) is rejected because of the obvious fact that the right leg of the Letnitsa horsernan (invisible for us) might have also been protected by a greave. If one takes into consideration such a possibility, one has to deal with a quite different type of greaves: they are bronze, appear usually in pairs and are adorned with Gorgon or a face on the kneecaps. The latter, however, show several important features differing substantially frorn what is attested on the four silver monuments under discussion. These peculiarities allow questioning if the four items were produced to be thought about as greaves at all. The whole reasoning presented in the article urges a reconsideration of all four silver items they could regard as images of the dead representatives of the Thracian elite, produced for the needs of the funeral ceremony. Accordingly, their different decorations could be grounded with personal experience, the different social and religious status as well as the military achievements of each one of thern.
  • Limba de redactare: engleză
  • Vezi publicația: Acta Musei Napocensis
  • Anul publicaţiei: 2011
  • Referinţă bibliografică pentru nr. revistă: 45-46-I; anul 2011; seria 2008-2009
  • Paginaţia: 81-98
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