Objects of portable arT from a Bronze Age cemetery at tourist-2

N. V. Basova, A. V. Postnov, A. L. Zaika, V. I. Molodin

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This article introduces an unusual complex of anthropomorphic and zoomorphic artifacts from a Bronze Age cemetery at the Tourist-2 settlement, situated in the center of Novosibirsk. Given their context, motifs, and style, they were apparently ritual artifacts. Human-like, animal-like, and bird-like figures limn mythological ideas. They are so unusual that we may speak of a separate style. Despite being very different, all the figurines have common features, both artistic and iconographie. They are generally rather realistic, showing similar features such as tattoo. Yet they are stylized and share certain conventions attesting to an established canon. All these characteristics, as well as the context, suggest that the representations belong to a single style that we tentatively refer to as "Krokhalevka" style—a distinct variety of Siberian native ritual art. In our view, this style is autochthonous, originating from local Neolithic art under a marked influence of adjacent Early and Middle Bronze Age cultures, such as Okunev, Karakol, Samus, Krotovo, and Odinovo. Judging by the motifs and manner, the "Krokhalevka " tradition might have affected Kulai art, especially repoussé.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-65
Number of pages13
JournalArchaeology, Ethnology and Anthropology of Eurasia
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • Anthropomorphic images
  • Art
  • Bronze Age
  • Krokhalevka archaeological culture
  • Zoomorphic images

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