The meaning of late prehistoric Egyptian images has until now been tantalizingly mysterious, as little understood as the circumstances of their production. As a result, analyses of these images have been general and often incorrectly illustrated. Whitney Davis now provides a welcome remedy in this detailed reinterpretation of the images carved on ivory knife handles and schist cosmetic palettes. These images are among the most important documents of early Egyptian history and include the Narmer Palette, often considered the very inception of ancient Egyptian image making.
Davis deciphers the intriguing pictorial narratives and complex metaphors of images that are concerned with "masking the blow" of the ruler. "Masking the blow" refers to the ways that the images—from hunted animals to human antagonists—represent, elide, or suppress the depiction of a ruler's violent act of conquering an enemy.
Examining late prehistoric Egyptian images in light of contemporary visual theory and illustrating his analyses with excellent reproductions, Davis goes beyond the usual concern for stylistic development and iconographic meanings that characterize prior studies. His work will greatly interest art historians, archaeologists, anthropologists, and students of the visual arts.
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"Moves the discipline of Egyptological art history to a higher plane. As a result, one can neither engage in the sterile process of motif hunting per se nor be content to regard these palettes in terms of previous definitions of 'stylistic analysis.' " (Robert S. Bianchi, Brooklyn Museum)About the Author:
Whitney Davis is Associate Professor of Art History at Northwestern University. He is the author of The Canonical Tradition in Ancient Art (1989).
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Descripción University of California Press, 1992. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110520074882
Descripción UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESS, THE, BERKELEY, CA, 1992. Encuadernacion original. Estado de conservación: NUEVO / NEW. 1ª edicion. DAVIS, W. MASKING THE BLOW: THE SCENE OF REPRESENTATION IN LATE PREHISTORIC EGYPTIAN ART. BERKELEY, CA, 1992, xvii 299 p. figuras Encuadernacion original. Nuevo. Nº de ref. de la librería 18297
Descripción University of California Press, 1992. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0520074882