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Communities of StylePortable Luxury Arts, Identity, and Collective Memory in the Iron Age Levant$
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Marian H. Feldman

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226105611

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226164427.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Communities of Style

Marian H. Feldman

University of Chicago Press

This chapter introduces the corpus of objects that form the core of the book. Because the large majority of works has been excavated at sites outside the Levant, scholarship has concentrated on questions of attribution and location of production. The chapter presents a case for a generally Levantine attribution for most of the ivories and metalworks and for their initial use and significance within this Levantine context. Encapsulating the narrative flow of the individual chapters, it also sketches the basic argument that these works belonged to communities of stylistic practice that catalyzed collective memories and community identity in both the Iron Age Levant and elsewhere in the ancient Near East and eastern Mediterranean.

Keywords:   Iron Age Levant, ancient Near East, eastern Mediterranean, ivories, metalworks, stylistic attribution, collective memories, community identity

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