The iconography of death: continuity and change in prothesis ritual through iconographical techniques, motifs, and gestures depicted in Greek pottery




Greek Archaeology, pottery, iconography of death, prothesis scenes.


Prothesis scenes have been a controversial and debated theme of iconographical approaches to Greek pottery analyses. Focused on meaning and historical references these studies usually have considered pictorial elements isolated in a particular pottery production and style, Attic Geometric for instance. This paper intends to analyze and discuss some iconographical elements such as technique of production, style, motifs and gestures taking into account a broader perspective and chronology, including vases and terracotta pinakes from the Geometric to the Classical Period. This approach to prothesis ritual scenes allow us to point out continuities and changes in the funerary ritual iconographic representation itself and its social and cultural meanings.


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Biografia do Autor

  • Camila Diogo de Souza, Universidade Federal de São Paulo

     Centro de Antropologia e Arqueologia Forense,

    Universidade Federal de São Paulo, UNIFESP

  • Carolina Kesser Barcellos Dias, Universidade Federal de Pelotas - UFPel
    Doutora em Arqueologia pelo Museu de Arqueologia e Etnologia da Universidade de SP (MAE-USP), atualmente Pós-Doutoranda no Programa de Pós-Graduação em História da Universidade Federal de Pelotas - UFPel


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Souza, C. D. de, & Dias, C. K. B. (2018). The iconography of death: continuity and change in prothesis ritual through iconographical techniques, motifs, and gestures depicted in Greek pottery. Classica - Revista Brasileira De Estudos Clássicos, 31(1), 61-87.