The Choreographic Analysis of the Pithos (Kvevri) From Samadlo

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Anano Samsonadze


During historical studies of the choreographic art, the archeological material possesses one of the leading places. As a result of archeological excavations in Samadlo, pithos (kvevri), which is painted by plot-ritual scenes, was found. The full description of the pithos belongs to the head of the given expedition, archeologist I.Gagoshidze, he connects represented round dance on pithos with a cult of fertility.

During the choreographic analysis of this subject painting, the belonging of this round dance scene to group of dances, which were executed in glory of military campaigns and hunting, was defined. To it testifies:

• Scenes of fight and hunting which are represented on the top frieze of the pithos (a round dance with them should be considered in an unified context);
• Helmet-shaped, conic formed headdress of dancers (the same attire at soldiers and hinters);
• The information of the ancient Greek Historian Ksenofont (described a rectilinear militant round dance, in the same historical period);
• A high level of development of military art (data from historical chronicles).

Published: Apr 20, 2017

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