The journey of a visual idea

bronze 'bathtub' coffins in Elite Neo-Assyrian, Neo Babylonian and Neo-Elamite funerary contexts

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Abstract

This paper outlines a small corpus of bronze "bathtub" coffins from Assyria, Babylonia and Elam and contends that their signature combination of U-shaped form and bronze material comprised a "visual idea" recognisable to their respective societies. Furthermore, the interaction of these societies potentially facilitated the transfer of this idea intact.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 9th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, 9–13 June 2014, Basel
Subtitle of host publicationvolume 1: Travelling images: transfer and transformation of visual ideas
EditorsRolf A. Stucky, Oskar Kaelin, Hans-Peter Mathys
Place of PublicationWeisbaden
PublisherHarrassowitz Verlag
Pages281-294
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9783447194785
ISBN (Print)9783447105873
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event9th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East - University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Duration: 9 Jun 201413 Jun 2014

Conference

Conference9th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East
Abbreviated title9th ICAANE
CountrySwitzerland
CityBasel
Period9/06/1413/06/14

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