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    The graven image : representation in Babylonia and Assyria / Zainab Bahrani.
    by Bahrani, Zainab, 1962-
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    Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003.
    Subjects
  • Aesthetics, Oriental.
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  • Art, Assyro-Babylonian.
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  • Aesthetics, Oriental -- Historiography.
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  • Art, Assyro-Babylonian -- Historiography.
  • ISBN: 
    0812236483 (hc.)
    Series: 
    Archaeology, culture, and society.
    Description: 
    x, 242 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
    Contents: 
    1. The Aesthetic and the Epistemic: Race, Culture, and Antiquity -- 2. The Extraterrestrial Orient: Despotic Time and the Time of the Despots -- 3. Ethnography and Mimesis: Representing Aesthetic Culture -- 4. Being in the Word: Of Grammatology and Mantic -- 5. Salmu: Representation in the Real -- 6. Decoys and Lures: Substitution and the Uncanny Double of the King -- 7. Presence and Repetition: The Altar of Tukulti-Ninurta -- 8. Conclusion: Image, Text, and Differance, or from Difference to Differance.
    Summary: 
    "Mesopotamia, the world's earliest literate culture, developed a rich philosophical conception of representation in which the world was saturated with signs. Instead of imitating the natural world, representation - both in writing and in visual images - was thought to participate in the world and to have an effect upon it in natural, magical, and supernatural ways. The Graven Image is the first book to explore this tradition, which developed prior to, and apart from, the Greek understanding of representation." "The Graven Image describes, for the first time, rituals and wars involving images; the relationship of divination, the organic body, and representation; and the use of images as a substitute for the human form, integrating this ancient material into contemporary debates in critical theory. Bahrani challenges current methodologies in the study of Near Eastern archaeology and art history, introducing a new way to appreciate the unique contributions of Assyrian and Babylonian culture and their complex relationships to the past and present."--BOOK JACKET.
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    Includes bibliographical references (p. [219]-235) and index.
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