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A symbol — but of what? Iron Age daggers, Alessi corkscrews and anthropoid embellishment reconsidered

Abstract:

An ingenious derivation for the La Tène dagger with anthropoid hilt shows how craftsmen gave an agreeable character to a working weapon. The dagger remained every bit as effective, but the splayed person on the hilt added a touch of playful luxury to the serious business of stabbing. By way of a modern anthropoid corkscrew, the author lures us away from an obsession with symbolism and encourages us to look for a more down-to-earth ‘psychological functionality’ in decorated objects.

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Published
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Peer reviewed

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
School of Archaeology
Oxford college:
Brasenose College
Role:
Author
Publisher:
Antiquity Publications
Journal:
Antiquity Journal website
Volume:
85
Issue:
330
Pages:
1312–1324
Publication date:
2011-12-01
EISSN:
1745-1744
ISSN:
0003-598X
Language:
English
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uuid:d0087793-8005-4273-9749-ea56306e1e57
Local pid:
ora:7490
Deposit date:
2013-10-22

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