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#iorestoacasa from National Archaeological Museum of Cagliari Instalment 21

#iorestoacasa is the campaign that allows us to stay in touch whit art and culture even in this difficut circumstance.

Today the virtual tour of the archeological museum of Cagliari makes a stop in front of the 11th showcase of the chronological itinerary, where bronze finds from the sanctuary village of Abini, in the territory of Teti, are exhibited.

The sanctuary or the “sanctuary settlement” as Paolo Bernardini defines the new sanctuary models that were born and spread in the Iron Age (between the 10th and 7th centuries BC), was characterized by an area dedicated to worship and ceremonial activities, the centerpiece of which was the holy well. Here the devotees brought their offerings like bronze statuettes, swords, refined and precious metal objects.
To the south of the sanctuary is the village, consisting of about thirty huts mostly of circular plan, investigated between 1929 and 1930 by Antonio Taramelli.
Last week we talked about the bronze statuettes and votive swords found in this important and rich nuragic site in the Barbagia di Ollolai. Today we dedicate ourselves to the observation of other bronze objects that the devoted use to donate to the sanctuary.
Very abundant were the daggers with tongue grip that must have had the handle in bone or other perishable material, some still with fixing nails. Then there were daggers with a cast handle, pins and stilettos of various shapes, miniature votive daggers with a characteristic gammadion–hilt shape depicted on the chest of many bronzes, such as the chieftain of whom we spoke last Friday.
Among the offerings there were also axes with raised margins and spears of which only the leaf blade tips and the terminals remained, then buttons that closely resemble those of traditional Sardinian clothes, part of a bronze mirror and handles with oxen depictions that we will see better in the next appointment.

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