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by Archaeology Newsroom

Aspects of the Popular Culture of Lemnos

The author of the article puts certain questions regarding the traditional art of Lemnos, which remains practically unknown, due both to the absence of relevant evidence and to bibliographical poorness. Using as a starting point some figurative documentations of foreign travellers, he firstly approaches architecture, which periodically has more effectively attracted the scientific interest, and then continues with the examination of the interior decoration of houses. He advances further to an attempt of investigating woodcarving and painting, the latter been also conjectured by the ascertained work of modern folk artists. General remarks follow about the ceramic tradition and embroidery that must have been flourishing at the end of the eighteenth and the beginning of the nineteenth century, also interwoven with the embellishment of the Lemnian costume. The evolutionary course of the latter is traced through the impressions of travellers as well as on the basis of the few surviving specimens. In sharp contrast, the gold and silversmith’s products are non-existent, as at least can be judged from the present results of the relevant research.