Textiles in Ancient Mediterranean Iconography [Hardback]

Susanna Harris(Editor); Cecilie Brøns(Editor); Marta Zuchowska(Editor)

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ISBN: 9781789257212 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Series: Ancient Textiles | Volume: 38 | Year of Publication: 2022 | 304p, H11 x W8.5, color and b/w
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Textiles in Ancient Mediterranean Iconography


This volume provides an ambitious synopsis of the complex, colorful world of textiles in ancient Mediterranean iconography. A wealth of information on ancient textiles is available from depictions such as sculpture, vase painting, figurines, reliefs and mosaics. Commonly represented in clothing, textiles are also present in furnishings and through the processes of textile production. The challenge for anyone analyzing ancient iconography is determining how we interpret what we see. As preserved textiles rarely survive in comparable forms, we must consider the extent to which representations of textiles reflect reality, and critically evaluate the sources. Images are not simple replicas or photographs of reality. Instead, iconography draws on select elements from the surrounding world that were recognizable to the ancient audience, and reveal the perceptions, ideologies, and ideas of the society in which they were produced. Through examining the durable evidence, this anthology reveals the ephemeral world of textiles and their integral role in the daily life, cult and economy of the ancient Mediterranean.

Table of Contents

List of contributors

Introduction: Theoretical debates and general historiography

Theme 1: Interpreting garments from iconography

Analyzing and interpreting textile ornaments covering the bronze age anthropomorphic stele found in the megalithic area of Saint Martin-de-corléans (Aosta)

Illustrating fabrics and dress in the Aegean Neolithic

Clothing on the Archaic Greek korai: a textile approach to iconography

The veil of Despoina at Lykosura

Garments of the gods. On interpreting clothing on depictions from the Classical period

Fringed clothing in Roman art

Piecing together identity: dress in mosaic iconography

Textiles in the Iconography of Roman Palmyra

Greek goddesses and beauty contests: divine fashion?

Theme 2: The significance of colours and polychromy

Saffron mantles and “marked” divinities

A colourful past: the rendering of garments in ancient Graeco-roman sculpture

Re-dressing Piabrm – ancient textile iconography in the shadows of a Carian Egyptian grave stela of the 6th century BC Hero Granger-Taylor & Giovanni

The Parthenon Sculptures.

Theme 3: Household textiles

Furniture textiles in classical and Hellenistic iconography

“What did a Carpet Look like”?

Garments displayed on stools in Greek Vase painting

Theme 4: Textile production in iconography

Textile production in Aegean Glyptic. On interpreting small-scale representations on seals and sealings from Bronze Age Greece.

Ideology, gender and textile production: the depictions of women in the Iberian culture

Arachne revisited: hubris and technological sophistication in the friezes of Domitian’s Minerva temple

Is it a loom or a lyre: a dual reading of iconography from the iron age II Levant

The bodily posture of hand-spinning practice. Evidence from ancient Western Asiatic representations and ethnographic comparison.

Conclusions and future perspectives


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