ITEMS DECORATED WITH THE TASSILO CHALICE STYLE IN THE WESTERN SLAVIC TERRITORIES
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This paper constitutes an attempt to rethink the issue of inflow and chronology of items decorated with the so called Tassilo Chalice Style to Western Slavic Territories located outside the Carolingian state, in particular to areas of today Bohemia, Moravia and Slovakia. Previous hypotheses suggested that import of those items reflects intense cultural contacts between the Western Slavs, particularly the Moravians, and the Carolingian Empire since the end of the 8th century. Those contacts were supposed to include also early Christianisation missions. Despite, however, intense studies, such theories are not sufficiently supported by archaeological sources. The aim of the paper is to provide a systematic analysis of available objects decorated with the Tassilo Chalice Style in terms of their design, chronology and dispersion. The material gathered so far is not very abundant and thus, even if it is possible to draw some conclusions, they should not be treated as final and when new objects of interest appear, it may be also necessary to modify conclusions. What is important, however, is the fact that the questions raised received some answers, although presumably not as unambiguous as it has been implied by previous studies.
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