These offerings were not necessarily made by the non-elite. The consistent nature of the votives found at the sites in question, both inscribed and non-inscribed, suggests that in most cases the nature of the offering was largely dictated by what was appropriate to the nature of the cult rather than the status, personality, or even ethnicity of the donor. It is possible, therefore, that the role of writing on a votive object of low value also had another function other than to irrevocably mark it as a votive. It is a cave sanctuary with long occupation and a pattern of Archaic activity on the external terrace and Hellenistic and Roman activity in the interior.
As noted previously, these inscriptions record verbal promises of high-value offerings to the deity, Taotor. The aspirations suggests that—however banal some of the votive objects may look to modern eyes—the people who made offerings at Grotta della Poesia and similar sanctuaries were not necessarily of low social and economic status.
Chronologically, the practice of inscribing votive objects seems confined to the Archaic and early Hellenistic periods. It declines markedly just at the point when epigraphic density in the region starts to rise sharply, and the emphasis shifts almost exclusively to the sphere of elite display, with inscriptions appearing in elite tombs and on stone votives and buildings, rather than on portable objects. Geographically, inscribed votives seem to cluster at sites with a very international character, and evidence of their use by people, notably Greeks, from beyond the region.
This has important implications for our understanding of the adoption and diffusion of literacy. Perhaps, as elsewhere in Italy, sanctuaries acted as focal points for the teaching and dissemination of literacy. The sanctuary at Baratella, near Este, had an important role in disseminating literacy in the Veneto and may have been a centre of teaching of literacy.
Some sanctuaries in southern Etruria may have had a similar role. There is no evidence that these sanctuaries had a formal role in the teaching of literacy, as has been argued for Baratella.
It seems entirely plausible, however, that they might have acted as meeting places and points of contact and cultural exchange between Greeks and Messapians. Perhaps the practice of labelling portable votives with the name of either deity or donor is essentially an adoption of a Greek practice, which becomes less common as an independent Messapic culture of writing and epigraphy becomes more securely established.
The diminution in numbers of inscribed votives may also be less dramatic than it initially seems, given the number of inscribed portable objects of unknown context. More significantly, this change coincides with a wider change in the cult practices at some sanctuaries, marked by a greater focus on rituals taking place within the caves rather than in front of them.
The inscriptions from the Grotta della Poesia may also indicate that a greater degree of importance was placed on offerings of perishable goods in this later phase. Inscriptions also served to defunctionalise objects by marking them out as a votives, and thus symbolising their transition from the sphere of daily life to that of votive offering. The practice of adding inscriptions to votive objects shows that some sanctuaries played a role in diffusing literacy skills in the region. Commodities and the politics of value, in A.
Commodities in cultural perspective , Cambridge, p. Bagnasco Gianni , G. Becker, Votives, places and rituals in Etruscan religion , Leiden, p. La nuova documentazione archeologica. Atti del Colloquio Internazionale Lecce aprile , Galantina, p. Il culto di Zeus a Ugento , Cavallino. De Simone , C. Atti dei convegni Lincei 39, Rome, p. Smith edss , Religion in archaic and republican Rome and Italy , Edinburgh, p. Commoditization as a process, in A.
Since the Second World War, there have been many changes in bronze founding. Their customers included Alfred Drury and William Hamo Thornycroft, sculptors of a younger generation. Comparative Studies in Archaeology , London, p. Not built in a day: Although the reliefs for Nelson's Column were the most high profile public commission of the time, there were by the s numerous commemorative statues and monuments being cast for public spaces in London and for the rapidly expanding, civic-proud, northern cities, who sought their own public memorials. Upon his death, the statue was named in his honor, and people began posting commentary similar to Pasquino's on the statue.
The archaeology of the dedicated object. World Archaeology , Note preliminari, ASNP , 17, p. Leuca , Galatina, p. Parte I le epigrafi. Parte II il lessico , Galantina. II supplemento, SE , 56, p. Questions of script and identity in early Iron Age Greece and Cyprus. Approaches to the Archaeological Evidence, in T.
Comparative Studies in Archaeology , London, p. See De Simone, Marchesini, , p. The most recent edition is De Simone, Marchesini, Others, such as an inscription on part of a stone cornice from Valesio IM On the typology of Messapic inscriptions, see Lomas, forthcoming. Maria Agnano, at Ostuni Coppola, ; Lamboley, , p.
See Lamboley, , p.
Lombardo argues that the development of the sanctuary was part of the emergence of Oria as an important Messapic centre, and that it was located on a cultural and political boundary between a Tarentine dominated area and a Salentine region with an increasingly well defined Messapic identity. The Messapic texts all come from the Grotta della Poesia, but less than half of the total area of the cave has been examined, and it is possible that more will be deciphered.
The forms of ritual and the specific nature of these cults was, however, purely local. See Santoro, ; Frisone, The Messapic form appears to be Batas, as demonstrated by a relatively intact inscription on a 3 rd century skyphos from Mesagne IM 0. This was principally restricted to northern Puglia, but the Apulian dialect and script is found in some of the ritual inscriptions from other sites in the region, notably Grotta della Poesia De Simone, It is very widely attested in funerary inscriptions and other evidence for personal names.
For the interpretations of no , see Prosdocimi, See Santoro, , p. This is highly fragmentary and only the name and epithet of the goddess— [a]na ap[rodita] —survive. Votives of bronze or precious metal are less likely to survive as they were more vulnerable to plunder or to reuse. For the practice elsewhere in the Mediterranean of melting down votives to make ritual vessels, see Van Straten, , p. For Italian votive deposits, see Glinister, ; Becker, , p.
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On the role of sanctuaries as emporia and as venues promoting economic and cultural exchange, see Whitehouse, Wilkins, The Gods of Small Things. Cults, sanctuaries and settlements. Introduction 1 Inevitably, there is considerable uncertainty over whether more lavish votives were offered but fai The most recent edition is De Simone, Maria Agnano, at Ostuni Lombardo argues that the development o Batas may have been the Messapic name of the god, who als This is highly fragmentary Even then Fressange remained in trade in London, and by he was living in Long Ditton, where he perhaps worked for the Thames Ditton Foundry.
There was a second wave of immigrant craftsmen in bronze foundry, dominated by Italians, from about until the First World War, as described in section 4. In the second half of the century, two other techniques came to be used in sculpture, the one electrotype, a new process introduced in the s, as is discussed in section 3, and the other lost wax, revived in the s but used since time immemorial and discussed in section 4. In the electrotype process, a pure metal, usually copper, was built up from the inside surface of a mould, or the outside surface of a cast, by electrolytic deposition of metal onto the surface until it was thick enough to be structurally sound.
They also produced reductions of some large-scale works for the Art Union and other customers. Their only serious rival in electrotype sculpture and reproductions was the small London business run by Giovanni Franchi, which they purchased in the s. The South Kensington Museum, the forerunner of the Victoria and Albert Museum, actively sought to take advantage of the electrotyping process. Many of these were from mediaeval funerary effigies figs 2, 3 , others from modern sculpture fig. Apart from this cost saving, it was argued that there were advantages to be had in the finishing process: There were however adverse comments about the appearance of electrotypes which could seem rather bright until the surface gained a patina.
Experience has proved that.
An optimistic Birmingham historian, W. While electrotypes continued to be produced for many years, the use of the technique for large-scale sculpture declined from the s. Henry Young's was not the only new foundry. Subsequently, a wave of Italian founders, specialists in the lost wax process, set up in London, including Alessandro Parlanti in the s, Giovanni Fiorini by and Frederico Mancini by , all men who came from Rome or trained there at the Fonderia Nelli. There was also Enrico Cantoni, active in bronze founding by c.
In his hands the enterprise prospered over the next 30 years as one of the leading foundries. It is said that it was a sense of shortcomings in the abilities of British foundries which led several leading sculptors to encourage John Webb Singer and his sons, ecclesiastical and art metal workers in Frome, to set up a bronze casting facility at their premises in the late s.
Their customers included Alfred Drury and William Hamo Thornycroft, sculptors of a younger generation. On his return to England in or , after working in Rome for several years, Alfred Gilbert began casting much of his own work, using the lost wax process. As he told the art critic M. Roscoe Mullins, A Primer of Sculpture , , p. The extraordinary labour involved in casting his own work led Gilbert to turn to commercial foundries. After a parting of the ways with Broad's, Gilbert moved his business to the Italian-trained Alessandro Parlanti, who was expert in the lost wax process and operated a foundry in Fulham with his partner Gaetano Rovini, but disputes over payment soon led Parlanti to refuse further casting work.
Boadicea, bronze statue by Thomas Thornycroft, cast by J.
Parlanti came from Rome in about with experience at the Fonderia Nelli, the leading Roman foundry, and his brother Ercole followed him. Parlanti is a figure of some importance, not only for his casting work for leading sculptors such as Alfred Gilbert, Alfred Drury and Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, but also for his teaching at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, where he came in contact with students who later used his foundry including Alfred Turner and Eric Gill. Morris Singer Company, title page to t rade catalogue detail , c.
Following the First World War, several new foundries were established to take advantage of the expanding demand for bronze statues, driven by the erection of war memorials in almost every town and city. It became a major player, especially after absorbing J. But not all foundries prospered. Since the Second World War, there have been many changes in bronze founding. With the demise of A. There have been a number of medium sized businesses: These other statues included Marforio, which was sometimes used to post responses to writings posted on Pasquino, creating a repartee between the two statues.
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