Furniture with type A decoration from Thrace

  • Danaila Grudeva PhD Candidate, Department of Archaeology, Faculty of History, “St. Kliment Ohridski” University, 15 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd, 1504 Sofia, Bulgaria
Keywords: furniture, kline, diphros, decoration Type A, tombs

Abstract

The paper is aimed at presenting the main features, stylistic characteristics, possible influences and chronological framework of furniture with type A decoration from burial complexes in Thrace.
The main feature of the furniture with type A decoration as per the typology of Helmut Kyrieleis is the way the legs are rendered – they are cone-shaped, with a profile narrowing from top to bottom and a swelling around mid-height. Furniture with such type of decoration is spread throughout whole Thrace and is dated in a relatively wide chronological diapason – from the last decades of the first half of 5th c. BC to the last quarter of 3rd c. BC. The analysis of the available examples and their comparison with similar furniture from the neighbouring areas show that the trends typical for the architecture and the architectural decoration of the Mediterranean world during that period are well-attested in Thrace as well. The presence of such furniture in funerary context also implies that the trend to place furniture in tombs is well-known in Thrace and is connected to the idea of heroizating the deceased.

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Published
2018-03-16