ANCIENT ORNAMENTS OF BRONZE BELTS – 2014-1

According to artefacts of Lori and Sevan basin

Summary

Meri S. Keshishyan

The iconography of bronze belts of the Late Bronze (15-11th centuries B.C.) and Early Iron (10-7th centuries B.C.) ages in Armenia is important for the analysis of applied arts of the Highland. They come in various shapes and applications, either ornate or simple. Ornaments on the belts depict humans, animals, plants, geometric shapes and celestial bodies. Ornamented belts have been found in several archaeological sites in the Republic of Armenia (Lchashen, Akner, Sanahin, Lorout, Bjni), among which the fragment from Lchashen and the belt from Lorout are of particular iconographic interest. These artefacts attest to the knowledge, level of culture and calendar skills of ancient Armenians.

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