Eos, Iris or Nike: of the image on the handle of a bronze hydria from Staro selo village Cover Image
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Еос, Ирида или Нике: за образа от дръжката на бронзовата хидрия от Старо село, Сливенско
Eos, Iris or Nike: of the image on the handle of a bronze hydria from Staro selo village

Author(s): Rouslan Stoichev
Subject(s): History, Archaeology, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Architecture, Visual Arts, History of Art
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: This study deals with a handle of a bronze hydria, found in a grave beneath the burial mound near Staro Selo village, Sliven district. The article considers its decorative programme, focusing on the images playing an important role in specifying the date and provenance of the object with their specifics, iconography and style. The analysis of the images and the overall appearance of the handle put it in a frame of reference for dating it between 500 and 480 BC. The observations show that the Thracian object under consideration blends together different art traditions combining probably certain elements that have lost their distinctive style. Some parallels and analogies can be drawn to every motif, but it is their combination, which recent studies have identified as typical of the bronze production of the Attic workshops, that makes the artefact interesting. Accordingly, it is suggested that the hydria from Staro Selo might have been made at an Attic workshop.

  • Issue Year: 2020
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 3-10
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: English, Bulgarian