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Title: Achaic Greek Bronze Palmettes
Author(s): STIBBE, C.M.
Journal: BABESCH
Volume: 72    Date: 1997   
Pages: 37-64
DOI: 10.2143/BAB.72.0.2002264

Abstract :
A few years ago an attempt was made by me to submit in this journal a more or less reliable chronology for archaic bronze hydriae, based, among other data, on a short outline of the development of the palmettes often adorning the lower handle attachment of these hydriae. This chronology was related by me, in the case of hydriae of Laconian or Laconizing origin, to the plastic palmettes found on some blackfigured Laconian vases, which had earlier been dated on stylistic grounds, independently of these palmettes. In this way a convenient chronological framework was established enabling me to date 10-14 round-tip leafed palmettes between 600-570, followed by an overlapping period, 570-560, in which a younger type of palmettes appeared with round tips side by side with the first pointed leaves. A final period followed from abt. 560-540/30 B.C. in which exclusively pointed-leaf palmettes, mostly with 9 leaves, with a longer central leaf, were found. In the third quarter of the 6th century a recurrence is seen to the palmettes with round-tipped leaves, but such specimens belong to groups that can no longer be called Laconian or Laconizing. In the following contribution an attempt will be made to extend the above framework and also to test its reliability once again.

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