Skeuomorphs’: on the rhetoric of material in the Gumelniţa tradition

  • Dragoş Gheorghiu National University of Arts, Bucharest
Keywords: materiality, skeuomorph, Spondylus shell, gold, Gumelnita tradition

Abstract

The 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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Published
2012-12-31
How to Cite
Gheorghiu, D. (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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