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Elements of Near Eastern influence on objects of the Cretan toreutics


  • Zozan Tarhan BA programme, Department of Archaeology, Faculty of History, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, 15 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd, 1504 Sofia; Bulgaria


Near eastern influence, Crete, tympanon, lion-headed shield


Object of the present paper is a research on the elements of near eastern influence on a bronze tympanon from Crete, found as a votive deposit at the Idaen cave and two shields – the first one is found as a votive deposit at the Idaen cave again, the second shield is discovered in the necropolis of Orthi Petra, in tomb A1/K1, near to Eleutherna. The analysis is based on the study of concrete elements in the scenes, compared with other similar artifacts from Mesopotamia, Asia Minor and The Levant.


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