Description

Sardinia is the second-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, after Sicily, and one of the 20 regions of Italy. It is located west of the Italian Peninsula, north of Tunisia and immediately south of the French island of Corsica.

Owing to the variety of Sardinia's ecosystems, which include mountains, woods, plains, stretches of largely uninhabited territory, streams, rocky coasts, and long sandy beaches, Sardinia has been metaphorically described as a micro-continent. In the modern era, many travelers and writers have extolled the beauty of its long-untouched landscapes, which retain vestiges of the Nuragic civilization.

Artist: Maria Angela Cassol

Obverse

Depicts a Sardinian bronze statuette of a warrior (Rome, Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico Luigi Pigorini); on the background, terracotta round “Pintadera” from Nuragic Sardinia with converging geometric decorations; below, on the right, embedded in the decorative pattern, the name of the designer; circumscription “REPUBBLICA ITALIANA”.

The Nuragic bronze statuettes are typical Nuragic Sardinian bronze sculptures of the final phase of the Bronze Age and the early Iron Age. During the archaeological excavations in Sardinia, more than 500 bronze figurines of this type have been discovered.

Sa Pintadera is a circular clay disk with geometric motifs engraved on one facade, converging towards the centre. They were called "Pintaderas" because some were provided with a handle, as if they were a suitable tool for marking something. The term derives from the Spanish pintado, (painted) applied to tools used to impress decorative engravings on fabrics, sweetmeats, bread or even on the skin as a tattoo. The Pintaderas have been found throughout Sardinia, and vary between 6 and 18 cm in diameter and 1 cm thick. It is one of the most important archaic symbols of Nuragic Sardinia.

REPUBBLICA ITALIANA ⠂
CASSOL

Reverse

Depicts a Sardinian bronze statuette of an archer (Cagliari, Museo Archeologico Nazionale); in the background, transenna of a bronze Nuragic votive boat in a geometric pattern; in the upper field, in three lines, “Italy of Arts”; on the left, mintmark “R”; in the field, the issue year; below, in two lines, value and the island name.

Latticework is an openwork framework consisting of a criss-crossed pattern of strips of building material, typically wood or metal. The design is created by crossing the strips to form a grid or weave. Latticework in stone or wood from the classical period is also called Roman lattice or transenna (plural transenne).

A votive ship, sometimes called a church ship, is a ship model displayed in a church. As a rule, votive ships are constructed and given as gifts to the church by seamen and ship builders.

ITALIA
DELLE
ARTI
R
2016
10 EURO
SARDEGNA

Edge
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Silver
Fineness 0.925
Weight 22 g
Diameter 34 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Italian State Mint and Polygraphic Institute (IPZS)

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