Tuesday, 29 September 2009

The First Bronzes?

Cobbled from here and here:
These figurines of men and women from Tell Judaidah, Turkey, are the oldest examples of true bronze (combination of copper and tin) human figures known. They date to about 3000 B.C. The statuettes were intended to be mounted in some fashion, for a tang projects below the feet of each one. The skill with which these unique pieces were modelled and the technical knowledge that was needed for their casting reveal surprisingly high standards of artistic and technical achievement in Syria at the beginning of the third millennium B.C.
Both sources suggest that the male figures are warriors brandishing weapons. And they may have good contextuals reasons for doing so. Looks like they are might be presenting sacrificial lambs or kids on their shoulders to me.

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