Latviešu rotas: saktas no senatnes līdz mūsdienām (Latvian Jewelry - Brooches from Antiquity until the Present-Day)

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Latviešu rotas: saktas no senatnes līdz mūsdienām (Latvian Jewelry - Brooches from Antiquity until the Present-Day)

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By Raimonda Strode. A cultural history of the use and meaning of "saktas" (fibulae or brooches) in Latvia from the first century CE through today. Saktas are often used to signify Latvian identity. This book starts with the Early Iron Age around the 2nd century CE, and it continues through the Baltic and Finnic chiefdoms during tumultuous Late Iron Age/Early Medieval Period (ca. 12th-14th centuries), the Medieval and early Modern periods, the 19th-20th century "Awakening" of national identity culminating in the "first" independent Republic of Latvia from 1918-1940, exile abroad after 1944, and following the renewal of Latvia's independence in 1990. Topics include typology, ornamentation, history and technology of precious metals smithing, historiography, ethnographic regions of Latvia, references in folklore and literature, heraldry, and numismatics. This book is intended for a popular audience, so the emphasis is more on breadth rather than depth. The most interesting section to me, because I have seen no discussion of it yet elsewhere, is the section about early 20th century artist-designed, mass-produced disc saktas with folkloric motifs.

200 pages. Softbound.
Latvian language only WITHOUT English summary.
23 x 14 x 0.9cm (9 x 5½ x ⅜").
Publ. by Jumava, Rīga, ©2018.
ISBN: 9789934210078.
NEW in original shrink-wrap.
By Raimonda Strode. A cultural history of the use and meaning of "saktas" (fibulae or brooches) in Latvia from the first century CE through today. Saktas are often used to signify Latvian identity. This book starts with the Early Iron Age around the 2nd century CE, and it continues through the Baltic and Finnic chiefdoms during tumultuous Late Iron Age/Early Medieval Period (ca. 12th-14th centuries), the Medieval and early Modern periods, the 19th-20th century "Awakening" of national identity culminating in the "first" independent Republic of Latvia from 1918-1940, exile abroad after 1944, and following the renewal of Latvia's independence in 1990. Topics include typology, ornamentation, history and technology of precious metals smithing, historiography, ethnographic regions of Latvia, references in folklore and literature, heraldry, and numismatics. This book is intended for a popular audience, so the emphasis is more on breadth rather than depth. The most interesting section to me, because I have seen no discussion of it yet elsewhere, is the section about early 20th century artist-designed, mass-produced disc saktas with folkloric motifs.

200 pages. Softbound.
Latvian language only WITHOUT English summary.
23 x 14 x 0.9cm (9 x 5½ x ⅜").
Publ. by Jumava, Rīga, ©2018.
ISBN: 9789934210078.
NEW in original shrink-wrap.

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