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Gesture politics and the art of ambiguity: the Iron Age statue from Hirschlanden

By Ian Armit and P. Grant

Abstract

NoThe discovery of the extraordinary Hirschlanden figure was reported in this journal in 1964. Since then the statue has featured in numerous discussions of Iron Age art and society, to the extent that it has become one of the iconic images of the European Iron Age. It has become almost taken for granted that the Hirschlanden figure is an `intensely masculine¿ warrior statue representing the heroised dead. However, certain aspects of the figure suggest a rather deeper, more ambiguous symbolism. The authors use their up-to-date critique to raise questions about the eclectic character of Iron Age spirituality

Topics: Gesture Politics, Iron age, Hirschlanden, Germany, Europe, Sculpture, Spirituality
Year: 2008
OAI identifier: oai:bradscholars.brad.ac.uk:10454/4525
Provided by: Bradford Scholars

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