American Silver in the Art Institute of Chicago

Author: Jennifer Goldsborough

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 030022236X

Category: Silverwork

Page: 266

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The history of American silver offers invaluable insights into the economic and cultural history of the nation itself. Published here for the first time, the Art Institute of Chicago's superb collection embodies innovation and beauty from the colonial era to the present. In the 17th century, silversmiths brought the fashions of their homelands to the colonies, and in the early 18th, new forms arose as technology diversified production. Demand increased in the 19th century as the Industrial Revolution took hold. In the 20th, modernism changed the shape of silver inside and outside the home. This beautifully illustrated volume presents highlights from the collection with stunning photography and entries from leading specialists. In-depth essays relate a fascinating story about eating, drinking, and entertaining that spans the history of the Republic and trace the development of the Art Institute's holdings of American silver over nearly a century.
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South Asian Folklore

An Encyclopedia : Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

Author: Peter J. Claus,Sarah Diamond,Margaret Ann Mills

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780415939195

Category: Reference

Page: 710

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Looks at the folklore and customs of both ancient and contemporay society in South Asia.
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Metalworking through History: An Encyclopedia

An Encyclopedia

Author: Ana M. Lopez

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313056161

Category: Art

Page: 177

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Metalworking Through History provides a comprehensive, historic overview of the subject of metalworking while exploring it within its cultural context. It is written from the perspective that the crafting of objects in metal is a unique way of understanding a particular time and culture. As a broad encyclopedia of metalworking, it allows the reader to view the different societies and periods that produced work in this medium as part of a global, interrelated practice. Comprised of over sixty entries on relevant time periods, cultures, makers and processes, the book is a much-needed general reference text in the survey of this craft. The subjects span all the major metalworking periods and peoples, from the rituals of African iron smelting to the twentieth century studio movement. Outstanding individual makers are highlighted to give additional insight into the times at which they were active. Furthermore, the materials and techniques used in the act of metalworking are clearly explained in terms that are easily understood by a practitioner with tacit knowledge of the medium. Suggested further readings and cross-references allow for the expansion of research and additional study. It is an excellent first resource for understanding the concepts and terminology of the ancient and pervasive craft of metalworking. Volume includes eight pages of color plates, and black and white photos throughout. Metalworking Through History provides a comprehensive, historic overview of the subject of metalworking while exploring it within its cultural context. It is written from the perspective that the crafting of objects in metal is a unique way of understanding a particular time and culture. As a broad encyclopedia of metalworking, it allows the reader to view the different societies and periods that produced work in this medium as part of a global, interrelated practice. Comprised of over sixty entries on relevant time periods, cultures, makers and processes, the book is a much-needed general reference text in the survey of this craft. The subjects span all the major metalworking periods and peoples, from the rituals of African iron smelting to the twentieth century studio movement. Outstanding individual makers are highlighted to give additional insight into the times at which they were active. Furthermore, the materials and techniques used in the act of metalworking are clearly explained in terms that are easily understood by a practitioner with tacit knowledge of the medium. Suggested further readings and cross-references allow for the expansion of research and additional study. It is an excellent first resource for understanding the concepts and terminology of the ancient and pervasive craft of metalworking. Volume includes eight pages of color plates, and black and white photos throughout. *Art Deco *Marianne Brandt *Chinese *Dark Ages *Enamel *Engraving *Georg Jensen *Judaica *Metals and their Alloys *Native American *Plating and Leaf *Renaissance *June Schwartz *Soldering *South American *Samuel Yellin
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An Archaeology of Skill

Metalworking Skill and Material Specialization in Early Bronze Age Central Europe

Author: Maikel H.G. Kuijpers

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351765809

Category: Social Science

Page: 318

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Material is the mother of innovation and it is through skill that innovations are brought about. This core thesis that is developed in this book identifies skill as the linchpin of – and missing link between – studies on craft, creativity, innovation, and material culture. Through a detailed study of early bronze age axes the question is tackled of what it involves to be skilled, providing an evidence based argument about levels of skill. The unique contribution of this work is that it lays out a theoretical framework and methodology through which an empirical analysis of skill is achievable. A specific chaîne opératoire for metal axes is used that compares not only what techniques were used, but also how they were applied. A large corpus of axes is compared in terms of what skills and attention were given at the different stages of their production. The ideas developed in this book are of interest to the emerging trend of ‘material thinking’ in the human and social sciences. At the same time, it looks towards and augments the development in craft-studies, recognising the many different aspects of craft in contemporary and past societies, and the particular relationship that craftspeople have with their material. Drawing together these two distinct fields of research will stimulate (re)thinking of how to integrate production with discussions of other aspects of object biographies, and how we link arguments about value to social models.
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Metallurgy in the Early Bronze Age Aegean

Author: Peter M. Day,Roger C. P. Doonan

Publisher: Oxbow Books Limited

ISBN: 9781842172933

Category: History

Page: 263

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The third SCAA round-table meeting focused on Metallurgy in the Early Bronze Age. In response to the recent dominance of provenance studies, the papers in this volume reflect a change of emphasis towards understanding metal technologies and contextualising them, in this case, within the archaeology of the Early Bronze Aegean. Many of the new discoveries made at the sites of Chrysokamino, Poros-Katsambas and Kythnos, which refocused attention from the laboratory to the field, were reported for the first time at the round table and are presented here. Shifts in theoretical approaches, the availability of new data and a resistance to singularly addressing provenance, made for interesting debates that are expanded upon in these fourteen contributions. Book jacket.
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