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The Solana de Cabañas stele

  • Stele from Solana de Cabañas. National Archaeological Museum, Madrid © Santiago Relanzón. Fundación ITMA; Museo Arqueológico Nacional (N.I. 1898/1/1)

    Stele from Solana de Cabañas. National Archaeological Museum, Madrid © Santiago Relanzón. Fundación ITMA; Museo Arqueológico Nacional (N.I. 1898/1/1)

     
  

Category

Sculpture

Date

1000 - 800 B.C.

Cultural background

Bronze Age

Original title

Estela de Solana de Cabañas

A slate slab with etched decoration that was very frequent at the end of the Bronze Age in the south-west of the peninsula.

In this period schematic representations of warriors surrounded by their armour and personal objects such as mirrors or combs were common. For a long time they were interpreted exclusively as funerary monuments, but today they are also considered as signs posted in the landscape to mark occupied territory.

This composition is structured around the representation of a large circular shield. Beside it there is a figure with bended legs and other elements such as a circular mirror and a fibula (a type of ancient buckle or clasp), a sword, lance and a vehicle with two wheels pulled by a pair of animals.
 

Details of the work

Object
Stele

Dimensions
Height = 130 cm; Width = 65 cm; Thickness = 15 cm

Technique
Engraving

Material
Slate

  

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