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Titre du document / Document title

The issue of the Scythian-Siberian animal style origin

Auteur(s) / Author(s)

KORENYAKO V. A. ;

Résumé / Abstract

The paper reviews some issues related to the study of the Scythian-Siberian animal style which is an animalistic art of nomads that lived in the first millennium BC- the beginning of the first millennium AD. An issue related to a specific criterion, that of an artistic originality of the animal style is resolved by comparing this art with the big styles of later periods. A system of natural image deformations aimed et strengthening the expressiveness of the image is used as a major artistic method of the old nomadic art. As a conclusion, the author offers to define the Scythian-Siberian animal style as an art of expressive deformations. While solving the issue of the Scythian-Siberian art genesis, it is necessary to take into account an impact of at least two specific style-forming factors that are hypothetically reconstructed on the basis of written records and ethnographic sources. The first is bateau hunting of young mounted warriors that were accompanied by a hand-to-hand battle with large ungulate animals and beasts of prey. These animals, when tied, i.e. in a deformed state, were natural prototypes of the most popular images of the early nomadic art (a deer with bent legs and a wild cat curled up in a ring). The second style-forming factor are individual and social psychological peculiarities of old hunters-warriors that had been riders during the age long before the rigid saddles and stirrups were invented and put to massive use. Objects of animalistic art of expressive deformations were consistent with expressiveness and accentuation of the psyche of these people who were creators and main bearers of the Scythian-Siberian animal style tradition.

Revue / Journal Title

Rossijskaâ arheologiâ    ISSN  0869-6063 

Source / Source

1998, no4, pp. 64-77 (2 p.)

Langue / Language

Russe

Editeur / Publisher

Nauka, Moskva, RUSSIE, FEDERATION DE  (1992) (Revue)

Mots-clés anglais / English Keywords

Asia

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Central Asia

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Siberia

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Scythian

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Iron Age

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Art

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Iconography

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Animal

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Typology

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Representation

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Nomadism

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Ethnology

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Mots-clés français / French Keywords

Asie

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Asie centrale

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Sibérie

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Scythe

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Age du Fer

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Art

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Iconographie

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Animal

;

Typologie

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Représentation

;

Nomadisme

;

Ethnologie

;

Localisation / Location

INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 8573, 35400007378129.0040

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