Bronze Age acrobats: Denmark, Egypt, Crete

  title={Bronze Age acrobats: Denmark, Egypt, Crete},
  author={Rune Iversen},
  journal={World Archaeology},
  pages={242 - 255}
  • R. Iversen
  • Published 15 March 2014
  • History
  • World Archaeology
Abstract A Danish eighteenth-century find of some bronze figurines tells the story of the practising of similar ritual performances across Bronze Age Europe from Egypt to Scandinavia. The Danish figurines, as well as Swedish rock carvings, show backwards-bending female acrobats doing backward handsprings. The exact same appearance is found on Egyptian depictions related to ceremonies and festivals. On Minoan Crete backwards-bent acrobats are related to bull leaping and bull ceremonies. Despite… 
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