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Humans or Human-Like Figures

  • Florin Curta
  • Bartłomiej Szymon Szmoniewski
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Part of the New Approaches to Byzantine History and Culture book series (NABHC)

Abstract

Thirty-two out of 88 pieces (36.4%) in the collection of “Thessalian antiquities” found in Velestino are, or contain, representations of humans. Ten pieces of the Velestino collection contain images of children. In three of them, the child is shown together with an animal, probably a wolf. Two other children appear on pieces showing a human leaping to the right, possibly an illustration of the encounter between Mary and Elizabeth (Luke 1:44). Three other pieces show a man holding crotales, while another two have seraphs. Two warriors on horseback, another on foot, carrying a scabbard or a quiver, a dancing woman, another giving birth and a standing human in a pensive posture show the diversity of the human or human-like figures. There are also three figures with monastic cowls, possibly a representation of the Church Fathers, as well as an image of St. Christopher with a dog head. Finally, there is a musician playing a trumpet-like instrument. The chapter explores the analogies for all those figures.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Florin Curta
    • 1
  • Bartłomiej Szymon Szmoniewski
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Archaeology and EthnologyPolish Academy of SciencesKrakówPoland

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