Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory

BOOKS | 2010

3 August 2011

Ornament und Bedeutung. Zur Motivik mittelminoischer Feinkeramik

Clemens Schmidlin

Ornament und Bedeutung. Zur Motivik mittelminoischer Feinkeramik

City: Oxford

Year: 2010

Publisher: Archaeopress

Series: BAR S2178

Description: Paperback, 57 p., XVIII tables, abstracts in English, French, Italian, and Greek, , 29,7x21 cm


The subject of this study is middle-Minoan fine ware, also known as ‘Kamares’-ware. Earlier scholars were adapting typological and stylistic results for psychological explanations and therefore the meanings of motifs on vases from the point of view of the perceptions of the original artists and the users of their vessels have been misunderstood. The author presents a catalogue of motifs that can be established as ancient units of thought by means of various criteria. This panorama of motifs is introduced according to the nature of their use on vessels. These include examples of vessel-specific (connecting the surface of the vessel and the image space), representative, contextualizing, informational, imitative, syntactic, ‘accentualizing’, and general indicative characteristics. This catalogue of motifs leads to a better understanding of the differentiated forms of expression in Middle Minoan ornament. On the basis of this compilation of motifs quintessential new themes can be discussed (among them play, symbolism and symmetry) and thus contributing to an ‘ornamentic’ value of motif and vessel. The appendix offers an overview of motifs designated by the author and shows a selection of vessels central to the present argument.



I. Hinführung

II. Gefäße und Motive

III. Spiel: Selbst- und Fremdreferenzialität von Motiv und Gefäß

IV. Symbol: der bedeutende Gehalt von Motiv und Gefäß

V. Symmetrie: der omamentale Gehalt von Motiv und Gefäß

VI. Abschluss – Abstract – Περίληψη



Übersicht der benannten Motive



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