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  Estonian Journal of Archaeology

ISSN 1736-7484 (electronic)  ISSN 1406-2933 (print)

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BRONZE AGE DOUBLE BUTTONS IN ESTONIA; 122–140

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Heidi Luik, Mirja Ots

Abstract

The article deals with Bronze Age double buttons found in Estonia. About ten of these are known, made of bronze, amber and antler. A survey is given of the known finds, their possible use and meaning is discussed. Without precluding the possibility that double buttons could have also had the function of button, i.e. means of fastening, their symbolic meaning, which was probably connected with the Bronze Age sun cult, was apparently more important.

 Resümee.

On käsitletud Eestist leitud pronksiaegseid kaksiknööpe. Selliseid nööpe on teada kümme­kond, valmistatud on neid pronksist, merevaigust ja sarvest. On antud ülevaade teada­olevatest leidudest ja arutletud nende võimaliku kasutusvaldkonna ning tähenduse üle. Välistamata, et kaksiknööpidel võis olla ka nööbi ehk kinnitusvahendi funktsioon, oli ilmselt olulisem nende sümboolne tähendus, mis arvatavasti oli seotud pronksiaegse päikese­kultusega.

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