The Oxford Handbook of Prehistoric Figurines is the first text to offer a comparative survey of figurines from across the globe, bringing together myriad contemporary research approaches to provide invaluable insights into their function, ...
Author: Timothy Insoll
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Category: Social Science
Figurines dating from prehistory have been found across the world but have never before been considered globally. The Oxford Handbook of Prehistoric Figurines is the first book to offer a comparative survey of this kind, bringing together approaches from across the landscape of contemporary research into a definitive resource in the field. The volume is comprehensive, authoritative, and accessible, with dedicated and fully illustrated chapters covering figurines from the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australasia and the Pacific laid out by geographical location and written by the foremost scholars in figurine studies; wherever prehistoric figurines are found they have been expertly described and examined in relation to their subject matter, form, function, context, chronology, meaning, and interpretation. Specific themes that are discussed by contributors include, for example, theories of figurine interpretation, meaning in processes and contexts of figurine production, use, destruction and disposal, and the cognitive and social implications of representation. Chronologically, the coverage ranges from the Middle Palaeolithic through to areas and periods where an absence of historical sources renders figurines "prehistoric" even though they might have been produced in the mid-2nd millennium AD, as in parts of sub-Saharan Africa. The result is a synthesis of invaluable insights into past thinking on the human body, gender, identity, and how the figurines might have been used, either practically, ritually, or even playfully.
Fully illustrated, Prehistoric Figurines brings a radical new approach to one of the most exciting, but poorly understood artefacts from our prehistoric past.
Author: Douglass Bailey
Fully illustrated, Prehistoric Figurines brings a radical new approach to one of the most exciting, but poorly understood artefacts from our prehistoric past. Studying the interpretation of prehistoric figurines from Neolithic southeast Europe, Bailey introduces recent developments from the fields of visual culture studies and cultural anthropology, and investigates the ways in which representations of human bodies were used by the pre-historic people to understand their own identities, to negotiate relationships and to make subtle political points. Bailey examines four critical conditions: * figurines as miniatures * figurines as three-dimensional representations * figurines as anthropomorphs * figurines as representations. Through these conditions, the study travels beyond the traditional mechanisms of interpretation and takes the debate past the out-dated interpretations of figurines as Mother-Goddess as Bailey examines individual prehistoric figurines in their original archaeological contexts and views them in the light of modern exploitations of the human form. Students and scholars of History and Archaeology will benefit immensely from Bailey's close understanding of the material culture and pre-history of the Balkans.
This book examines ancient figurines from several world areas to address recurring challenges in the interpretation of prehistoric art.
Author: Richard G. Lesure
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Category: Social Science
This book examines ancient figurines from several world areas to address recurring challenges in the interpretation of prehistoric art. Sometimes figurines from one context are perceived to resemble those from another. Richard G. Lesure asks whether such resemblances play a role in our interpretations. Early interpreters seized on the idea that figurines were recurringly female and constructed the fanciful myth of a primordial Neolithic Goddess. Contemporary practice instead rejects interpretive leaps across contexts. Dr Lesure offers a middle path: a new framework for assessing the relevance of particular comparisons. He develops the argument in case studies that consider figurines from Paleolithic Europe, the Neolithic Near East and Formative Mesoamerica.
At the same time , recognising the symbolism surrounding prehistoric figurines as
part of their production or representation , presents a wider spectrum for the
understanding of the dynamic processes between human and material agents .
Author: Maria Mina
Publisher: British Archaeological Reports Limited
Category: Social Science
This monograph aims to throw light on the construction and enaction of gender in the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Aegean, through analysis of a sample of 1660 previously published anthropomorphic figurines. Analysis of poses and postures, decoration and symbolism shows differentiation on gender lines, with hardening of social roles and status in the Early Bronze Age.
Author: Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and IrelandPublish On: 1962
The Interpretation of Prehistoric Anthropomorphic Figurines PETER J. UCKO
SINCE THE EARLY PART OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY much has been
written on the significance of the human figurines found in many prehistoric sites .
Author: Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland
The book closely analyzes gender as it relates to the domestic space, technology and labor, ritual and social identity, and the roles of children, as well as the practices of modern day Near Eastern archaeology and the roles of women in it.
Author: Diane Bolger
Publisher: Rowman Altamira
Category: Social Science
Gender in Ancient Cyprus examines some of the fundamental facets of gender as they intersect with the dynamics of social, political, and economic change in Cyprus, beginning with the earliest traces of human habitation on the island to the final phases of the Bronze Age. The book closely analyzes gender as it relates to the domestic space, technology and labor, ritual and social identity, and the roles of children, as well as the practices of modern day Near Eastern archaeology and the roles of women in it. Visit our website for sample chapters!
Very few scholars who have written on prehistoric figurines have resisted the
temptation to make such rapprochements ( e . g . Hourmouziadis 1973 ;
Gimbutas 1982 ; 1989 ) . In her enthusiasm to establish a common religious
ideology from ...
The same difficulties surround the Mother Goddess interpretation of Palaeolithic
representations as those that will be seen , in Chapter 15 below , to apply to later prehistoric figurines . To give just a few examples : no adequate explanation of ...
Besides Mohen-jo-Daro, the most interesting series of prehistoric figurines
Prehistoric terra- - - colouri..." occur in the Breeks Collection in Madras from the
Nilgiris. The riders, the elephants, the leopards and other animal figures such as
that of ...
Chapter 13 The Chaîne Opératoire Approach to Prehistoric Figurines : an
Example from Dolnoslav , Bulgaria Bisserka ... strategy for figurines , the main
difference in the figurine's The study of Balkan prehistoric figurines continues to
Author: Colin Renfrew
Publisher: McDonald Inst of Archeological
The dawn of art is sometimes equated with the birth of the human spirit. But when and how did figuration - sculpture, painting, drawing - actually begin? And did these first figurative creations coincide with the emergence of our own species, Homo sapiens ? Is figuration a general and fundamental feature of the human condition? In this challenging volume leading experts review the evidence now available from the worldwide practice of prehistoric archaeology, and go on to formulate some important conclusions. The scope of this work is global. It sets out to explore the first stirrings of artistic endeavour and of figurative imagery on each continent, and to consider the social context in which they arose. It will be a fundamental resource for all those seeking to understand the origins of art and the beginnings of human spirituality.
Author: Elizabeth Douglas Van BurenPublish On: 1980
One or two prehistoric figurines were found by the British Museum Expedition ,
but the real excavation of the whole site has been undertaken by a joint
expedition of the British Museum and the University of Pennsylvania under the
Esaka , T . , “ A Clay Figurine in the Sitting Position , ” Yamato Bunka ( Yamato
Culture ) 34 , 1961 . Hasebe , K . , “ On the ... Noguchi , Y . , “ The Two Prehistoric Figurines from the Yoyama Shell - mound , ” Museum 121 , 1961 . ( English title .
Author: Harvard College (1780- ). Class of 1875Publish On: 1879
I have no doubt that these prehistoric objects had the same meaning as those
now in use , although the particular animals desired may not formerly have been
the same as at present . These ancient figurines , as also some of their modern ...
35 The second group of clay or carved prehistoric figurines dates from the
Neolithic period . The introduction at this time of clay for pottery - making provided
a new medium for the sculptor , which allowed far more detail and flexibility in the
Author: Margaret Ehrenberg
Category: Antiquities, Prehistoric
" "ocial attitudes in our culture have led to the assumption that early advances in human knowledge were the achievements of men; the role of women in prehistoric times has been largely overlooked. In this thought-provoking book, however, Margaret Ehrenberg argues that the true contribution of women especially in the discovery and development of agriculture was much greater than has been acknowledged to date. Examining the evidence from archaeological, anthropological, and classical documentary sources, Ehrenberg throws new light on the lives of women and their social status in Europe from the Palaeolithic era to the Iron Age. The relationship between the role of women and economic production is a central theme of this survey. In Bronze Age and Iron Age societies individual women are seen to be in positions of power. Although available evidence is fragmentary and often controversial, Ehrenberg shows how information can be gathered from skeletons and grave goods found in burials, from settlement sites, from rock carvings and sculpted figurines, as well as from anthropological parallels, to enable significant inferences to be drawn about the life of prehistoric women.
This collection of papers explores a wide range of prehistoric and early historic archaeological contexts from Britain, Europe and beyond, where monuments, architectural structures, megaliths, art, caves, ritual activity and symbolic ...
Author: Caroline Malone
Publisher: Oxbow Books
Gods, deities, symbolism, deposition, cosmology and intentionality are all features of the study of early ritual and cult. Archaeology has great difficulties in providing satisfactory interpretation or recognition of these elusive but important parts of ancient society, and methodologies are often poorly equipped to explore the evidence. This collection of papers explores a wide range of prehistoric and early historic archaeological contexts from Britain, Europe and beyond, where monuments, architectural structures, megaliths, art, caves, ritual activity and symbolic remains offer exciting glimpses into ancient belief systems and cult behaviour. Different theoretical and practical approaches are demonstrated, offering both new directions and considered conclusions to the many problems of studying the archaeology of cult and ritual. Central to the volume is an exploration of early Malta and its intriguing Temple Culture, set in a broad perspective by the discussion and theoretical approaches presented in different geographical and chronological contexts.
( Plates 33 – 44 ) THE NEOLITHIC and Early Helladic figurines in the following
catalogue , including I one or two pieces that may not properly speaking be ... 45
- 88 Lavezzi , “ Corinth " = J . C . Lavezzi , “ Prehistoric Investigations at Corinth ...