The monumental tomb discovered under the Ostrusha mound in the Kazanluk valley is of special importance not only for the history of Thracian art but also for Classical art in general. Most spectacular is the coffered ceiling of the burial chamber, once entirely covered with paintings. Among them are the earliest preserved wall paintings of Nereids, Bellerophon killing the Chimaira, Thetis in the Forge of Hephaistus, scenes from the life of Achilles according to Homer's narrative and Aeschylus lost tragedies. The masterly organization of the mythological characters and symbols in a meaningful, highly imaginative and colourful decorative system makes it like a polyphonic salvation hymn invoking the protection of the chthonic deities Dionysus, Demeter and Persephone. The fine Late Classical style of the paintings and some iconographic details suggest dating the burial chamber and its decoration to the last decades of the 4th century B.C.


Table of contents



Chapter 1. Architecture

Chapter 2. The Coffered Ceiling

Chapter 3. Sirens

Chapter 4. Nereids

Chapter 5. Prosopa and Flowers

Chapter 6. Thetis

Chapter 7. Hero Sitting in from of Panoply

Chapter 8. Scene with Two Men

Chapter 9. Warrior in Fight

Chapter 10. Hero Standing next to His Shield

Chapter 11. Sitting Warrior

Chapter12. Coffers without Pint Layer on the East and South Sides

Chapter 13. Silenus

Chapter 14. Bellerophon

Chapter 15. Figure on a Feline  Cybele

Chapter 16. Flowers in the corner Coffers

Chapter 17. Scrolls on the Vertical Borders

Chapter 18. Bordering Bands

Chapter 19. Final Interpretation




Publisher Bulgarski houdozhnik
Language English
Pages 200
Illustrations b/w and color figures, color plates
Binding paperback
ISBN 954-406-127-4
Creation date 2005
Size 16 х 24 cm
Condition good

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