Ancient Textiles: Production, Crafts, and Society by Marie-louise B. Nosch

By Marie-louise B. Nosch

An figuring out of textiles and the function they performed some time past is critical for someone drawn to earlier societies. Textiles served and actually nonetheless do as either useful and symbolic goods. The facts for historic textiles in Europe is divided really certainly alongside a north-south divide, with an abundance of tangible examples within the north, yet useful little within the south, the place oblique proof comes from things like vase portray and frescoes. This quantity brings jointly those faculties to seem in additional element at textiles within the historic international, and relies on a convention held in Denmark and Sweden in March 2003. part one, construction and company takes a chronological glance through greater than 4 thousand years of background; from Syria within the mid-third millennium BC, to 17th Century Germany. part , Crafts and know-how makes a speciality of the connection among the first manufacturer (the craftsman) and the secondary receiver (the archaeologist/conservator). The 3rd part, Society, examines the symbolic nature of textiles, and their position inside old societal teams. through the ebook emphasis is put on the universality of textiles, and the significance of knowledge alternate among students from various disciplines.

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1; Wild 1970, 42; 2003, 7; Turner, Rhodes & Wild 1991. 4 Boye 1894; Broholm & Hald 1935, 230–244; Glob 1974, 25–29; Munksgaard 1974, 59–69. S. 3683). 6 Schiaparelli 1927, Figs. 62, 64; Vogelsang-Eastwood 1993, Pls. 3a, 3b. 7 Vogelsang-Eastwood 1999. 8 Messikommer 1913; Schlichtherle & Wahlster 1986, 12–21; Rast-Eicher 1997a. 9 Vogt 1937. 10 Vogt 1952; 1958; 1963; cf. Vogt 1934. His Festschrift (Degen, Drack & Wyss 1966) does not reflect his textile interests. 11 Broholm & Hald 1935; Hald 1950; 1962; 1964.

41 Banck-Burgess 1996; 1999; Ræder Knudsen 1999. 42 Zimmerman 1988. 43 Hoffman 1964, 317–318; von Kurzynski 1996, 44–46. 44 Vickers 1978, Pl. 62. 45 Wild 1970, Pl. XIb; 1992, 15, Fig. 5. 46 James 1902, 489, Scene 93; Cardon 1999, 601 Fig. 218. 47 Wild 2000. 48 Killen 1984, 50; Aura Jorro 1985, 98. 49 Wild 1967a; Columella, de re rustica II. 3. 26. 50 Wild 2002, 25–26. 51 Granger-Taylor 1998; Barber 1991, 44–50, 70–73; Cooke, El-Gamal & Brennan 1991. 52 Davies 1913, Pl. 37. 53 Barber 1991, 70–73; Busch 1995.

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