Reading a dynamic canvas: adornment in the ancient Mediterranean world
Personal adornment, as an extension of the body, is a crucial component in social interaction. The active process of adorning the body can shape embodied identities, such as social status, ethnicity, gender, and age. As a result of its dynamic and performative nature, the body can often convey meaning more powerfully and convincingly than verbal communication. Yet adornment is not easily read and does not necessarily reflect actual lived experience. Rather, bodily adornment, and the performances that accompany it, can be manipulated to conceal or exaggerate reality, thus speaking more to identity discourse. The interpretation of such discourse must be grounded in an understanding of the context-specific and negotiable nature of adornment. The essays in this volume, which are united by their focus on material and visual evidence, cover a broad chronological and geographical span, from the ancient Near East to Roman Britain, and bring together innovative scholarly work on adornment by an international group of art historians and archaeologists. This attention to the archaeological evidence makes the volume a valuable resource, as those working with material or visual culture face unique methodological and theoretical challenges to the study of adornment.
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Aegean art Aegean Bronze Age AEMTh Agia Triada Akrotiri Ancient Archaeology Archaic Archanes assemblages Assurbanipal Assyrian Athens banquet relief beads bodily adornment body British School Bronze Age brooches burial Cambridge cemetery century B.C. Classical clothing color contexts Crete cult depicted Doumas Dunstable East edited elaborate elite evidence example Excavations faience female figure flounced frescoes funerary garment decorations gender goddess gold grave Greece Greek Haghia Triada Hypogeum Ibid iconography identified identity Immerwahr initiation jewelry king Knossos Lady Landscape Liege London Macedonian material Minoan Mochlos modius motifs Museum Mycenae Mycenaean Mysteries necklace Neopalatial Nimrud ornaments Oxford palace Palmyra Palmyrene Parthian dress patterns Pella pendants personal adornment pictorial prehistoric priests Princeton reclining ritual Robert Laffineur Roman Roman Britain rosettes sarcophagus Sculptures settlement Sindos skirt social status Studies suggests symbolic Thera Thera Foundation Tomb types University Press Vergina Verulamium Vokotopoulou Wall Paintings wearing women worn wreath Xeste