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Anca CEAUȘESCU, Symbols and decorative motifs in the popular architecture from Oltenia

Anca CEAUȘESCU
3rd Degree Scientific Researcher, PhD., “C.S. Nicolăescu-Plopşor” Institute for Research in Social Studies and Humanities from Craiova, of the Romanian Academy;
E-mail: ancaceausescu@yahoo.com

Abstract
Since the first stages of its existence, the dwelling has been awarded with specific signs and symbols that are based on the belief of the archaic and traditional communities on space. In the décor of the traditional architecture from Oltenia, there are met ornamental motifs that belong to the sphere of geometry, along with cosmomorphic, vegetal, zoomorphic and anthropomorphic stylised motifs. Found on certain architectural elements (porch poles, gate posts, window frames, gates, doors, etc.), they go beyond the aesthetical area and gain magical-religious significations, belonging to a traditional mentality and conception, whose roots descend far-back in history.

Keywords
traditional architecture, Oltenia, decorative motifs, symbol, traditional mentality.

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