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De l’imagerie hallstattienne aux décors laténiens : quelles filiations ?

Abstract : The lack of interest in figurative subjects and narrative content in La Tène art has been frequently noted. Contrastingly, Hallstatt art is remarkable for its liking for the picturesque and for its realism: accordingly the evolution of decorative art during the Iron Age seems at first sight to be characterized by a major discontinuity at the beginning of the La Tène period. All of the regions within the Celtic world did not however participate to the same degree in the new artistic fashions. The eastern zone is simultaneously marked during Early La Tène by the widespread use of motifs in the orientalising tradition and by the frequent occurrence of anthropomorphic representations. The conjunction of these two tendencies, already apparent during the First Iron Age in Situla Art, is a characteristic of the art of the Alpine zone, which appears to be the direct successor of Situla Art. It is possible to consider that this area contributed to the spread of orientalising motifs to other sectors of the Celtic world. The particular characteristics of this regional art style will be delineated, as well as its subsequent transmission to other areas, by focussing in particular on two themes: those of the "Master of the Animals" and the "Devouring Animal". This kind of study (forming part of a recent series of similar approaches such as that taken to the Erstfeld hoard by Guggisberg) allows a more balanced evaluation of the role of these Alpine margins, including important sites such as the Dürrnberg, in the development of La Tène art, to set against that of other zones (such as the Champagne or the Middle Rhine) to which it has been more traditional to attribute much of the Early Style production.
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Anne-Marie Adam. De l’imagerie hallstattienne aux décors laténiens : quelles filiations ?. Olivier Buchsenschutz; Alain Bulard; Marie-Bernadette Chardenoux; Nathalie Ginoux. Décors, images et signes de l’âge du Fer européen. Actes du XXVIe colloque de l’Association française pour l’étude de l’âge du Fer (Paris et Saint-Denis, 9-12 mai 2002), Supplément à la Revue archéologique du Centre de la France (24), FERACF, pp.27-36, 2003, 978-2-913272-09-5. ⟨halshs-02530514⟩

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