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Communities of Style: Portable Luxury Arts, Identity, and Collective Memory in the Iron Age Levant

Marian H. Feldman


This book explores how communities formed around artworks in the Iron Age Levant (c. 1200-600 BCE). It argues that portable luxury arts forged collective memories and community identities through the production and consumption of style, understood as stylistic practices, and offers a rethinking of the way art historians approach style as an analytical feature of art. Stylistic analysis of Iron Age Levantine ivories and metalworks reveals a spectrum of heterogeneous styles that point to flexible networked communities of practice, rather than to one-to-one geographical associations between style ... More

Keywords: collective memory, communities of practice, networked identities, practice theory, stylistic analysis, Iron Age Levant, Assyria, Phoenician bowls, ivory, metalwork

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780226105611
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226164427.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marian H. Feldman, author
Professor, Near Eastern studies and art history, Johns Hopkins University