Experiencing Etruscan Pots: Ceramics, Bodies and Images in Etruria [Paperback]

Lucy Shipley (Author)

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ISBN: 9781784910563 | Published by: Archaeopress Archaeology | Year of Publication: 2015 | Language: English 155p, Illustrated throughout in black & white

Experiencing Etruscan Pots: Ceramics, Bodies and Images in Etruria


In a world without plastics, ceramics, alongside organic containers, were used for almost every substance which required protection or containment: from perfume to porridge. The experience of an Etruscan person, living day to day, would have been filled with interactions with ceramics, making them objects which can recall intimate transactions in the past to the archaeologist in the present. Characterising that experience of Etruscan pottery is the concern of this book. What was it like to use and live with Etruscan pottery? How was the interaction between an Etruscan pot structured and constituted? How can that experience be related back to bigger questions about the organisation of Etruscan society, its increasingly urban nature and relationship with other Mediterranean cultures? More specifically, this volume aims to unpick both the physical encounter between vessel and hand, and the emotional interaction between the user of a pot and the images inscribed upon its surface.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Traditions and Trajectories; Thinking 'things' through: a phenomenology of objects; Quantifying Experience - Methodologies; Touching and Feeling: Vessel Bodies; Seeing and Revealing: Images on Pots; Experiencing Bodies: Bodies in Images on Pots; From Being to Doing: Actions of Bodies on Pots; Pots, People, and Experience: Conclusions; Pottery Corpus; Bibliography; Index Appendix

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