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Diplomacy by Design: Luxury Arts and an "International Style" in the Ancient Near East, 1400-1200 BCE (Marian H Feldman) Hardcover Book, (University of Chicago Press, 2005) 9780226240442
Diplomacy by Design: Luxury Arts and an "International Style" in the Ancient Near East, 1400-1200 BCE (Marian H Feldman) Hardcover Book, (University of Chicago Press, 2005) 9780226240442
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Title: Diplomacy by Design: Luxury Arts and an "International Style" in the Ancient Near East, 1400-1200 BCE

Author: Feldman, Marian H

Publisher: U of Chicago Press; Publication Date: 2005

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780226240442

Volumes: 1; Pages: 272

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Art and international relations during the Late Bronze Age formed a symbiosis as expanded travel and written communications fostered unprecedented cultural exchange across the Mediterranean. Diplomacy in these new political and imperial relationships was often maintained through the exchange of lavish art objects and luxury goods. The items bestowed during this time shared a repertoire of imagery that modern scholars call the first International Style in the history of art.Marian Feldman's Diplomacy by Design examines the profound connection between art produced during this period and its social context, revealing inanimate objects as catalysts-or even participants-in human dynamics. Feldman's fascinating study shows the ways in which the exchange of these works of art actively mediated and strengthened political relations, intercultural interactions, and economic negotiations. Previous studies of this international style have focused almost exclusively on stylistic attribution at the expense of social contextualization. Written by a specialist in ancient Near Eastern art and archaeology who has excavated and traveled extensively in this area of the world, Diplomacy by Design provides a much broader consideration of the symbolic power of material culture and its centrality in the construction of human relations. ContentsList of IllustrationsPrefaceAcknowledgmentsChronological ChartIntroductionPART I. IMAGES Overview1. Redefining the "International Style"2. The Role of Visual Hybridity3. Iconography and Meaning4. Questions of Style and ProductionPART II. OBJECTS Overview5. Materiality, Luxury Goods, and Diplomatic Gifts6. Objects and Crafting7. International Luxury Goods in Space and Time8. The Materiality of Greeting LettersPART III. CONTEXTS Overview9. Contextualizing the International Koin1. Representation and Negotiation In BetweenUgarit and the Northern LevantEpilogueAbbreviationsNotesBibliographyIndex
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