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Ergün Laflı

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Squatting Comasts and Others. Itinerant Iconographies and Plastic Vases

Cômastes accroupis et autres. Iconographies itinérantes et vases plastiques

Antonella Pautasso

Résumé

Among the many East-Greek materials found in the votive deposit of the Demeter sanctuary at Katane, plastic vases play an important role for variety of types and styles. Their study allows particularly to face some issues involving iconography and the exchanges of images between East and West. Strictly connected to this argument is the role played by the various more precious “media” in spreading and inspiring new iconographies.

Le dépôt votif du sanctuaire de Déméter à Catane a livré un abondant mobilier originaire de Grèce de l’Est ; les vases plastiques s’y distinguent par leur variété typologique et stylistique. Leur étude permet d’aborder des questions d’iconographie et d’échanges d’images entre les mondes orientaux et occidentaux, inséparables du rôle joué par divers supports plus précieux dans la diffusion et l’inspiration de nouvelles iconographies.

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Plastic vases are an attractive field of research. The study of the East Greek pottery found in the votive deposit of the Demeter sanctuary at Katane (the Chalcidian colony on the Eastern coast of Sicily)1 allows to focus on many different aspects concerning technique and style, production and consumption, and also on an often neglected field of research: the exchange of images between East and West and the origin of some iconographies from items made of different and more precious media, as metalwork, wood, ivory, faïence, alabaster and so on.

With this short paper, and quoting just few examples from the Katane deposit, I shall try to stress how much plastic vases could tell us about the exchange of the iconographies among different media; further suggestions concern the bearing of the model on the technique of plastic vases.

 

One especially enlightening example is offered by the so called “squatting comasts” series. Starting from two plastic vases of such an iconography found in the...

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CNR – Istituto per i Beni Archeologici e Monumentali, Catania, Italia.

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