(The zoomorphic figurine from the burial ground of the Vekerzug culture in Preseľany nad Ipľom)
Author: Peter ROMSAUER
Publication order reference: Peter Romsauer, Katedra archeológie, Univerzita Konštantína Filozofa v Nitre, Hodžova 1, 949 74 Nitra, Slovak Republic, mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: Studia Historica Nitriensia, year: 2019, vol.: 23, number: Supplementum, pages: 519-530
Abstract: The article deals with the origin and identification of the representation of a bronze figurine of an animal from the burial ground of the Vekerzug culture in Preseľany nad Ipľom, Levice District, Slovakia. The figurine from grave 34 is convex on the front and flat on the back and several features suggest that it represents a feline beast. Looking for analogies to the zoomorphic figurine the attention is turned first to the numerous Scythian metal ornaments created in animal style. Another distinct feature – the plastic disc with radial grooves on the shoulder and head of the figurine – is pointed out, too. Such motif does not occur on figurines created in the Scythian animal style. It is represented mainly on decorations with whirling ornaments or on accented details of zoo- or anthropomorphic depictions in the Thracian-Getae environment. The suggested context supports the assumption that the zoomorphic figurine from Preseľany nad Ipľom is the product of some local workshop.
Keywords: VEKERZUG CULTURE; BURIAL GROUND; ZOOMORPHIC FIGURINE; INTERPRETATION;