Symbols of salvation? – function, semantics and social context of Early Bronze Age ritual equipment from Central Anatolia
Anodos. Studies of Ancient World
Trnavska Univerzita * Filozoficka Fakulta
509 - 520
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The following contribution re-evaluates some well known metal items from the central Ana-tolian Early Bronze Age, commonly referred to as “ceremonial standards” or “sistra”. The enormous popularity and even over-familiarity of these extraordinary objects needs to be contrasted with what we actually know about their original function, social context and eventual role as elaborate funerary gis. This paper therefore aims to critically reappraise and re-evaluate the numerous contributions made on this maer in order to discuss their function and/or cultural aliation, and in doing so propose some further considerations regarding their actual meaning and social context in the light of recent research.