sabato 15 novembre 2014

I conci a T: fatti per un occhio che vede il nascosto

[..]In many isodomic water-temples (and in all cylinder vats, as well as sporadically in some rotundas; see Appendix), there is a peculiar type of building block: the so called T-block (concio a T or concio a coda). These blocks have rectangular faces and are carved at the rear to explicit T-shapes -  perhaps they represent a stylized development of the wedge-shaped or roughly conical blocks used to close the upper tholoi of nuraghi. T-blocks served as facade blocks in double-faced walls, straight and curved, with fill in the middle (fig. 1) . As far as is known they are exclusive to Sardinia, and they apparently occur only in ritual contexts from the Late Bronze-or Early Iron Age. Their presence is usually considered a cult correlate. Interestingly, although the rear of a T-block was never visible in a finished monument, it was usually as carefully carved as the face. This seems to indicate that the addressee of the special effort was not the human eye, but rather an eye which sees what is hidden. [..] Da: M. Webster 2014, Water-temples of Sardinia: identification, inventory and interpretation, Tesi di Laurea Magistrale, University of Uppsala

Fig. 1: "Sardinian T-blocks in a straight wall (from Nieddu, 2008, 390)" Da: M. Webster 2014, Water-temples of Sardinia: identification, inventory and interpretation, Tesi di Laurea Magistrale, University of Uppsala  


Fig. 2. Esempi di conci a T in mura curve. Da: M. Webster 2014, Water-temples of Sardinia: identification, inventory and interpretation, Tesi di Laurea Magistrale, University of Uppsala  

Dalla stessa tesi del 2014 vd. figgs. 3 e 4. 

Fig. 3: il particolarissimo pozzo di Is Pirois (nr. 57 del catalogo)  con un "nuraghe" costruito sopra. 

Fig. 4: la mappa dei 66 pozzi sacri discussi in M. Webster 2014, Water-temples of Sardinia: identification, inventory and interpretation, Tesi di Laurea Magistrale, University of Uppsala