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Title “Joying in War as in a Feast”. The Construction of Imagery in Greek Ceremonial Armor of the 4th Century B. C.
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About author Nalimova, Nadezhda Anatol’evna — Ph. D., head lecturer. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Leninskie Gory, 1, 119991 Moscow, Russian Federation. ORCID: 0000-0002-3697-0848 Dedyulkin, Anton Vladimirovich — Ph. D., head lecturer. Southern Federal University, Bolshaya Sadovaya ul., 105/42, 344006 Rostov-on-Don, Russian Federation. ORCID: 0000-0003-0100-8007
In the section Art of the Ancient World DOI10.18688/aa2111-01-07
Year 2021 Volume 11 Pages 7691
Type of article RAR Index UDK 7.032(38) Index BBK 63.3(0)32; 85.12

This paper offers an attempt to interpret the Classical and Hellenistic ceremonial armaments as constructed artistic images. It concentrates on a group of luxurious armor of the 4th–3rd centuries B.C., which represents or imitates anatomical details, both real and fantastic, as well as clothing and jewelry (e.g. the helmets of the so-called Conversano group, the cuirass from Laos). This characteristic suggests the idea of a certain mythological transfiguration of the armor wearer himself. From a formal point of view, such armor is close to sculpture, stylistic, iconographic, and semantic aspects of which can be identified and analyzed. The only distinction from “real” sculpture is that the owner himself is directly involved in the creation of the image. In the majority of cases, it is not known who the owners of these pieces were, because most of the finds have lost their original context. Nevertheless, based on the available data, the authors attempt to draw conclusions about the possible contexts in which the phenomenon of such “costume-like” armor could have arisen.

Reference Nalimova, Nadezhda A.; Dedyulkin, Anton V. “Joying in War as in a Feast”. The Construction of Imagery in Greek Ceremonial Armor of the 4th Century B. C.. Actual Problems of Theory and History of Art: Collection of articles. Vol. 11. Eds A. V. Zakharova, S. V. Maltseva, E. Iu. Staniukovich-Denisova. — St. Petersburg: St. Petersburg Univ. Press, 2021, pp. 76–91. ISSN 2312-2129.
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