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A Companion to Ancient Near Eastern Art

Gunter, Ann C. (Herausgeber)

Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World


1. Auflage November 2018
704 Seiten, Hardcover
Wiley & Sons Ltd

ISBN: 978-1-118-30125-8
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Provides a broad view of the history and current state of scholarship on the art of the ancient Near East

This book covers the aesthetic traditions of Mesopotamia, Iran, Anatolia, and the Levant, from Neolithic times to the end of the Achaemenid Persian Empire around 330 BCE. It describes and examines the field from a variety of critical perspectives: across approaches and interpretive frameworks, key explanatory concepts, materials and selected media and formats, and zones of interaction. This important work also addresses both traditional and emerging categories of material, intellectual perspectives, and research priorities. The book covers geography and chronology, context and setting, medium and scale, while acknowledging the diversity of regional and cultural traditions and the uneven survival of evidence.

Part One of the book considers the methodologies and approaches that the field has drawn on and refined. Part Two addresses terms and concepts critical to understanding the subjects and formal characteristics of the Near Eastern material record, including the intellectual frameworks within which monuments have been approached and interpreted. Part Three surveys the field's most distinctive and characteristic genres, with special reference to Mesopotamian art and architecture. Part Four considers involvement with artistic traditions across a broader reach, examining connections with Egypt, the Aegean, and the Mediterranean. And finally, Part Five addresses intersections with the closely allied discipline of archaeology and the institutional stewardship of cultural heritage in the modern Middle East.

Told from multiple perspectives, A Companion to Ancient Near Eastern Art is an enlightening, must-have book for advanced undergraduate and graduate students of ancient Near East art and Near East history as well as those interested in history and art history.

Notes on Contributors ix

Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xvii

Abbreviations xix

1 The "Art" of the "Ancient Near East" 1
Ann C. Gunter

PART I Approaches and Methods of Analysis and Interpretation 23

2 Art and Material Culture 25
David Wengrow

3 Meaning and Interpretation 49
Astrid Nunn

4 Style 75
Margaret Cool Root

5 Connoisseurship and Classification 103
Eleonora Pappalardo

6 Visual Culture 129
Sarah B. Graff

7 Technical Examination and Material Analysis 153
Deborah Schorsch

8 Gender and Sexuality 179
John D. M. Green

9 Semiotics, Reception Theory, and Poststructuralism 209
Marlies Heinz

PART II Critical Terms and Concepts 231

10 Representation 233
Dominik Bonatz and Marlies Heinz

11 Narrative 261
Paul Collins

12 Ideology 283
Beate Pongratz-Leisten

13 Ritual 309
Carolyn Nakamura

14 Agency 333
Sophy Downes

15 Aesthetics 359
Gebhard J. Selz

PART III Materials, Media, and Artistic Environments 383

16 Statuary and Reliefs 385
Claudia E. Suter

17 Glyptic 411
Adelheid Otto

18 Religious Architecture 433
Jean M. Evans

19 Palaces and Elite Houses 457
Andreas Schachner

20 Rock Reliefs and Landscape Monuments 483
Ömür Harmansa' h

21 Reconstructing Artistic Environments 507
Mehmet-Ali Ataç

PART IV Interactions with Neighboring Regions and Artistic Traditions 531

22 The Ancient Near East and Egypt 533
Betsy M. Bryan

23 The Ancient Near East and the Bronze Age Aegean 565
Marian H. Feldman

24 Near Eastern Art in the Iron Age Mediterranean 585
James Whitley

PART V Intersections with Archaeology, Collecting, and Cultural Heritage 613

25 Archaeology and the Art of the Ancient Near East 615
D. T. Potts

26 Cultural Heritage across the Middle East, Ancient and Modern 637
Geoff Emberling and Katharyn Hanson

Index 661
Ann C. Gunter, PhD, is Professor of Art History at Northwestern University. She is also the former curator of ancient Near Eastern art at the Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution, where she organized numerous exhibitions.

A. C. Gunter, Northwestern University