Creativity, Practice and Identity in Encrusted Pottery Along the River Danube
- Professor Joanna Sofaer
- Tuesday 16 May 2017
2333 CC Leiden
Encrusted ceramics are a visually striking group of objects characterized by the use of white inlay. They are found in several prehistoric cultural units throughout Europe but are particularly prevalent in the Carpathian Basin where they form an important, long-standing tradition that transcends individual cultural units. However, although encrusted ceramics ostensibly look similar, recent analysis has revealed significant variation in the production of inlays, as well as local production in areas where encrusted ceramics have hitherto been considered imports. This paper considers such variation through the lens of creativity and links this to discussions of practice and identity.