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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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Workshops, Connoisseurship, and Levantine Style(s)

Workshops, Connoisseurship, and Levantine Style(s)

(p.11) Chapter 1 Workshops, Connoisseurship, and Levantine Style(s)
Communities of Style

Marian H. Feldman

University of Chicago Press

The chapter reviews scholarship on Levantine ivories, which has concentrated on the use of stylistic analysis for purposes of attribution and the identification of locations of production. The central role of connoisseurship in this scholarship comes to the fore. The method of connoisseurship derived from Morelli and Berenson is critically analyzed and its early disciplinary relationship to Near Eastern archaeology traced. The question of ivory workshops and our insufficient knowledge of ivory procurement and crafting organizations in the Iron Age Levant are addressed. The stylistic heterogeneity of the Levantine ivories, apparent in stylistic “in-betweens,” proposes a lack of clear stylistic boundaries that is suggestive of networked practices rather than isolated production loci.

Keywords:   Ivory workshops, Connoisseurship, Morelli, Berenson, ivory procurement, craft organization, Iron Age Levant

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