Syro-Hittite Monumental Art and the Archaeology of Performance: The Stone Reliefs at Carchemish and Zincirli in the Earlier First Millennium BCE

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Walter de Gruyter, 2011 - Art - 223 pages
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The ceremonial centers of the Syro-Hittite city-states (1200-700 BC) were lavishly decorated with large-scale, open-air figurative reliefs an original and greatly influential artistic tradition. But why exactly did the production of such an array of monumental images ever start? This volume explores how Syro-Hittite monumental art was used as a powerful backdrop to important ritual events, and opens up a new perspective by situating monumental art in the context of public performances and civic spectacles of great emotional impact, such as processions, royal triumphs, and dynastic funerals.
  

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 The SyroAnatolian region in the Iron Age
5
3 Carchemish
19
4 Zincirli
55
5 The embedment of monumental art in ritual performance
97
6 Art and ritual performance in diachronic perspective
115
7 Conclusions
133
Bibliography
139
Catalogue
159
Index of concepts
223
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Alessandra Gilibert, Freie Universitat Berlin, Germany.

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