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By Miranda Aldhouse Green

Using archaeology and social anthropology, and greater than a hundred unique line drawings and images, An Archaeology of pictures takes a clean examine how historical photos of either humans and animals have been utilized in the Iron Age and Roman societies of Europe, six hundred BC to advert four hundred and investigates a few of the meanings with which pictures can have been imbued.

The ebook demanding situations the standard interpretation of statues, reliefs and collectible figurines as passive issues to be checked out or worshipped, and divulges them as a substitute as lively artefacts designed for use, dealt with and damaged. it really is made transparent that the putting of pictures in temples or graves won't were the one episode of their biographies, and a unmarried photo can have passed through numerous existences prior to its operating lifestyles used to be over.

Miranda Aldhouse eco-friendly examines quite a lot of different concerns, from gender and identification to foreignness, enmity and captivity, in addition to the importance of the fabrics used to make the pictures. the result's a complete survey of the multifarious features and studies of pictures within the groups that produced and fed on them.

Challenging many formerly held assumptions concerning the which means and importance of Celtic and Roman artwork, An Archaeology of pictures may be debatable but crucial studying for somebody attracted to this area.

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However, the context of the piece is crucial to its understanding and so it is necessary to examine the contextual signifiers: it is Romano-British in date and it appears to depict not a Roman but a Briton. An important point, then, is whether the image is representative of self or other; in other words, is it meant to convey Roman messages about submissive barbarians (and, perhaps, the act of a Roman slave-hunter, or fugitivarius: Thompson 2003: 217–244) or is it, 35 IMAGE AND IDENTITY instead, a statement of resistance associated with Britishness (see Chapter 8), and do these nuances matter?

10), or does it represent a horned being instead? The image may be deliberately immersive or open-ended, depending, perhaps, on what the consumer demanded of it. 2) is horned rather than winged (Woodward & Leach 1993: 98, fig. 83). 18) from the site (see Chapter 7), so similar, but for the third horn, to the bucket-heads from late Iron Age Baldock (Stead 1968: 306; 1971: 250–282; Stead & Rigby 1986: 51–61)? The three-horned motif is well known in both Iron Age and Gallo-Roman contexts (Green 1998b).

In the same way, the damage done to some of the images from the sanctuary at Fontes Sequanae in Burgundy may have been done in acts of closure by pagans or by Christians (Rousselle 1990; Baudot 1847). The persistent purposeful damage done to weapons and other artefacts in Iron Age Europe (Bradley 1990; Bourke 2001) provides a context for the breakage of images, in terms of ritual behaviour, which may be associated with interruption of an object’s life-cycle, with closure, with rites of passage or the transference of offerings to the Otherworld.

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