Skeuomorphs’: on the rhetoric of material in the Gumelniţa tradition
Keywords: materiality, skeuomorph, Spondylus shell, gold, Gumelnita tradition
AbstractThe social changes, which characterise the Chalcolithic in southeastern Europe, which coincide with the emergence of metals, imposed a new material and led to the emergence of skeuomorphs (i.e. copies of objects made from a material different from that of the originals). Some gold objects from the Gumelnita tradition were objects of value, such as the valves of exotic shells, which therefore become visible in the form of paraphernalia. The present paper discusses the rhetoric of material visible in the shape and proximity of originals and skeuomorphs.
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GheorghiuD. (2012). Skeuomorphs’: on the rhetoric of material in the Gumelniţa tradition. Documenta Praehistorica, 39, 287-294. https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.39.21
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