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Ancient representations of slings on frieze of shrine of Athena, Pergamon
Mar 16th, 2016 at 12:30am
 
I always wanted to find these, and stumbled upon them. Pictures not good alas. The shrine of Athena Nikephoros, at Pergamon, in modern W. Turkey, is surrounded by a columnaded gallery, decorated with reliefs that represent the weapons of the Attalid kings' enemies. C2nd BCE. Celtic shields, cavalry helmets, swords, spears, bits of warships. Among these, there are objects which have been identified as slings. They seem to have braided cords and leather pouches. But it's difficult to make out. I'll have a look at the publication.

http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/arachne/index.php?view[section]=uebersicht&view[layo...

http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/arachne/index.php?view[section]=uebersicht&view[layo...
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Re: Ancient representations of slings on frieze of shrine of Athena, Pergamon
Reply #1 - Mar 16th, 2016 at 7:36am
 
interesting they look like the real thick herding slings. Christian has something very similiar from tibet (I think).
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Reply #3 - Mar 17th, 2016 at 12:24pm
 
In one of them, the pouch is a flat diamond with a central rib. Sewn leather, to prevent stretch ? In the other, the pouch is clearly cupped-- as on a Aussie pouch or a Rockman job or a woven pouch.

If these are really ancient slings, they are the only representation of pouches-- in a particular work of art, namely the very realistic representation of weapons in a triumphal monument (for instance, the type of celtic helmets represented are the same as those found archaeologically).
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Re: Ancient representations of slings on frieze of shrine of Athena, Pergamon
Reply #4 - Mar 20th, 2016 at 8:06am
 
weird picture.
not sure that tringular thing is a sling pouch - looks a lot more like a hair barret to me.
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