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Communities of Style: Portable Luxury Arts, Identity, and Collective Memory in the Iron Age Levant

Marian H. Feldman

Abstract

This book explores how communities formed around artworks in the Iron Age Levant (c. 1200-600 BCE). It argues that portable luxury arts forged collective memories and community identities through the production and consumption of style, understood as stylistic practices, and offers a rethinking of the way art historians approach style as an analytical feature of art. Stylistic analysis of Iron Age Levantine ivories and metalworks reveals a spectrum of heterogeneous styles that point to flexible networked communities of practice, rather than to one-to-one geographical associations between style ... More

Keywords: collective memory, communities of practice, networked identities, practice theory, stylistic analysis, Iron Age Levant, Assyria, Phoenician bowls, ivory, metalwork

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780226105611
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226164427.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marian H. Feldman, author
Professor, Near Eastern studies and art history, Johns Hopkins University