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La bourse ou la mort ? Les aryballes aidoia en Méditerranée archaïque

Abstract : Never mind the bollocks? Aidoia aryballoi in the Archaic Mediterranean Out of the 1500 graves brought to light in the archaic cemeteries of the Greek colony of Megara Hyblaea (Sicily), the small sarcophagus T.760 is an exception. Indeed, it yielded a unique moulded aryballos shaped as masculine genitalia. Starting from this atypical discovery, this paper offers a typological and interpretative study of this category of vases often called aidoion. It presents the whole corpus of currently known vases from the 6th century BCE Greek and Etruscan world, both found in graves and sanctuaries. It concludes that they are above all characterized by polysemy, since they appear to be both symbols of masculine nudity and feminine fertility.
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Christian Mazet, Reine-Marie Bérard, Josipa Mandić. La bourse ou la mort ? Les aryballes aidoia en Méditerranée archaïque. Archimède : archéologie et histoire ancienne, 2022, HS n° 2, pp.78-98. ⟨10.47245/archimede.hs02.ds1.07⟩. ⟨hal-03737311⟩



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