Syro-Hittite Monumental Art and the Archaeology...

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Author  Alessandra Gilibert
Publisher  De Gruyter
Publication Date   May 17, 2011
ISBN  3110222256
Pages  223

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The ceremonial centers of the Syro-Hittite city-states (1200-700 BC) were lavishly decorated with large-scale, open-air figurative reliefs – an original and greatly influential artistic tradition. But why exactly did the production of such an array of monumental images ever start? This volume explores how Syro-Hittite monumental art was used as a powerful backdrop to important ritual events, and opens up a new perspective by situating monumental art in the context of public performances and civic spectacles of great emotional impact, such as processions, royal triumphs, and dynastic funerals.

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