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Le statuine fittili femminili del Neolitico italiano. Iconografia e contesto culturale, in Bullettino di Paletnologia Italiana, vol.93-94, n.s.XI-XII



Despite a period of great interest in the 70's and 80's, an attempt to synthesize the visual aspects of cult in the Neolithic age has been missing. It will only be possible to overcome the present state of fragmentation of knowledge when a comprehensive catalogue of all evidence in the national territory will be available. In the meanwhile, we propose here some proposals for the ongoing debate on this topic, by considering the major female figurines from both old and recent discoveries in the italian Neolithic. The working hypotesis was to verify the recurrence of certain characteristics in style and especially in iconographies in selected chronological and cultural scenarios. We notice a strong correlation between some iconographies and certain cultures. Together with the pattern of discovery also within housing structures this evidence suggest a fruition of figurines as icons of one or more female cults celebrated not only at a domestic level.
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