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Tuna Şare Ağtürk (Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University), “Anatolian fashion in Etruscan clothing”



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Tuna Şare Ağtürk (Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University), “Anatolian fashion in Etruscan clothing”

Abstract: The similarities between the imagery of Etruscan and Western Anatolian dress fashions, such as pointed shoes and tasseled chitons, indicate an obvious connection between the clothing systems of both cultures. Indeed, L. Bonfante in her influential book Etruscan Dress classifies an “Ionian Phase” (550-475 BCE) in the development of Etruscan clothing system. According to Bonfante, a unique Etruscan look is formed through influence from Ionia (Bonfante 2003). Despite the obvious typological connection to Anatolia often noted in the scholarship, there has never been a detailed examination of the ideological, economic, and sociological motivation that caused the taste change in the Etruscan clothing system. In this paper, through a comparative iconographic study of dress fashions in Western Anatolia and Etruscan funerary art of 6th and 5th centuries, I will try to investigate the meaning of the adaptation of Ionian dress items into the Etruscan dress repertoire. Among the questions sought to answer are: Why did Etruscans choose to wear certain Ionian/Anatolian originated dress items? What did they mean by it? What different meanings did Ionian/Anatolian originated dress fashions take in Etruscan contexts? And what kind of cultural and religious connections did the adaption of Ionian/Anatolian dress items imply?
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