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Situla Art: An Iron Age Artisanal Tradition Found Between the Apennines and the Eastern Alps and Its Identity Valencies

Saccoccio, Fabio

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Situla Art is an Iron Age artisanal tradition dated to c. 660/650–275 BC, corresponding to the Hallstatt C2 to the La Tène B2 phases. It is characterised by striking sheet-bronze objects with embossed and/or incised decoration in Orientalising taste with animals, plants and/or human figures generally distributed in friezes. Situla Art is documented between the Apennines and the eastern Alps, and Este is suggested as its key centre. This paper provides a long overdue literature review, a working definition for Situla Art and an updated catalogue with 306 objects. It also (re-)investigates the influences which may have led to the emergence of Situla Art, its development and decline. Hats and earrings depicted in Situla Art are investigated to highlight their identity valencies, and to provide socio-political insights on the Iron Age elite who used Situla Art as a non-linguistic symbol-based system to acquire, exhibit and legitimate power over time in the area of its distribution.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 27, 2023
Online Publication Date May 9, 2023
Publication Date Mar 1, 2023
Deposit Date Apr 19, 2023
Publicly Available Date May 12, 2023
Journal Journal of World Prehistory
Print ISSN 0892-7537
Electronic ISSN 1573-7802
Publisher Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 36
Issue 1
Pages 49-108
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s10963-023-09174-6
Keywords Situla Art; Iron Age; Decorated sheet-bronzes; Apennines; eastern Alps; Identity valencies
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/19782967
Publisher URL https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10963-023-09174-6
Additional Information Accepted: 27 March 2023; First Online: 9 May 2023

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