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Crafts and Images in Contact: Studies on Eastern Mediterranean Art of the First Millennium BCE (Claudia E Suter Christoph Uehlinger (eds)) Hardcover Book, (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2005) 9783525530047
Crafts and Images in Contact: Studies on Eastern Mediterranean Art of the First Millennium BCE (Claudia E Suter Christoph Uehlinger (eds)) Hardcover Book, (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2005) 9783525530047
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Title: Crafts and Images in Contact: Studies on Eastern Mediterranean Art of the First Millennium BCE

Author: Suter, Claudia E Christoph Uehlinger (eds)

Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht; Publication Date: 2005

Hardcover; ISBN: 9783525530047

Volumes: 1; Pages: 395

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The production, diffusion and exchange of luxury goods have always played a major role in the symbolic communication of human societies, be it among various segments within societies or across geographical distance and cultural boundaries. In this volume, historians and archaeologists look at so-called minor art from the Near East and the eastern Mediterranean, particularly ivory carvings of the early first millennium B.C.E., in their triple function as artifacts, visual media and reflections of cultural contact and artistic emulation. Objects ane images are considered as material culture, i.e. products of craftsmen, workshops and schools drawing on various styles and iconographic repertoires; and in iconological terms as media vehiculating culturally encoded messages and as symbolic expressions of particular traditions, worldviews and beliefs.What happened to images and styles when they moved from one place to another within larger contexts of cultural exchange and socio-political and economic relationships? Before trying to address such a question, one must determine the origin and date of the material objects and object groups. The coherent classification of the primary evidence is one of the most basic research issues. What are the assumptions and criteria that scholars apply when they define groups according to material, function, style or iconography? Is it possible to relate such categories to historical entities (such as 'workshops' or 'schools') and to locate these more specifically in space and time? Such were the basic questions of an international workshop held at the University of Fribourg in February 2001, the proceedings of which are published in the present volume.Several contributions concentrate on typology, classification, terminology and method, from the point of view of the practitioner or in more theoretical terms. As an epigrapher used to long-established criteria of phenotypical classification, A. R. Millard examines script on artifacts. G. Herrmann and I. J. Winter expound on the classification of ivories in general. Taking the so-called "roundcheeked and ringletted" style group of ivory carvings as an example, D. Wicke asks whether and how it is possible to identify and to locate specific regional styles. Horse trappings, a particular class of objects that were predominant on the Phoenician coast, are discussed by E. Gubel, while E. Rehm investigates the depiction of another class of objects, royal furniture in Assyrian monumental art. C. Uehlinger reassesses ivory carvings found at Samaria and raises questions about ivory craftsmanship in Iron Age Israel. Further classes of objects looked at include North Syrian pyxides and bowls made of stone (S. Mazzoni) and Cypriote stone statuary of Egyptianizing style (F. Faegersten). Two studies concentrate on iconography, exploring particular motifs that occur in various media and across cultures: the winged disc (T. Ornan) and the Egyptianizing figure carrying a ram-headed staff and a jug (S. M. Cecchini). Crete is the focus of two contributions: one reviews its orientalizing metalwork and vase painting (H. Matthus), whereas the other scrutinizes present interpretations of imports and borrowings, raising the question how to define cultural identity from material culture (G. Hoffman).ContentsPrefaceAbbreviationsClaudia E. Suter and Christoph Uehlinger IntroductionAlan Millard Makers' marks, owners' names and individual identityGeorgina Herrmann Naming, defining, explaining: A view from NimrudIrene J. Winter Establishing group boundaries: Toward methodological refinement in the determination of sets as a prior condition to the analysis of cultural contact and/or innovation in first milennium B.C.E. ivory carvingStefania Mazzoni Pyxides and hand-lion bowls: A case of minor artsDirk Wicke "Roundcheeked and Ringletted": Gibt es einen nordwestsyrischen Regionalstil in der altorientalischen Elfenbeinschnitzerei?Eric Gubel Phoenician and Aramean bridle-harness decoration: Examples of cultural contact and innovation in the Eastern MediterraneanChristoph Uehlinger Die Elfenbeinschnitzereien von Samaria und die Religionsgeschichte Israels: Vorberlegungen zu einem ForschungsprojektEllen Rehm Assyrische Mbel fr den assyrischen Herrscher!Tallay Ornan A complex system of religious symbols: The case of the winged disc in Near Eastern imagery of the first millennium B.C.E.Serena Maria Cecchini The 'suivant du char royal': A case of interaction between various genres of minor artFanni Faegersten Ivory, wood, and stone: Some suggestions regarding the Egyptianizing votive sculpture from CyprusHartmut Matthus Toreutik und Vasenmalerei im frheisenzeitlichen Kreta: Minoisches Erbe, lokale Traditionen und FremdeinflsseGail L. Hoffman Defining identities: Greek artistic interaction with the Near EastClaudia E. Suter Discussion and future perspectives
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