Decorated vessels: the function of decoration in late antiquity

Swift, E.V. (2008) Decorated vessels: the function of decoration in late antiquity. In: Lavan, L.A. and Swift, E.V. and Putzeys, T., eds. Objects in Context, Objects in Use: Material Spatiality in Late Antiquity. Late Antique Archaeology . Brill, pp. 385-412. ISBN 9789004165502. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

This paper re-integrates decoration with the function of the object and with its social context in Late Antiquity. It examines the way that decoration prescribes the function of objects, for example, through the representation upon an object of the activity for which the object is intended to be used. It is suggested that in some instances decoration may also be matched to the interior decor of a room, i.e., to the context within which an object was used. These correlations of decoration with function and context correspond to Roman ideas of ‘appropriateness’ in decor and, in turn, contribute to the structuring of social identities and social relations in Late Antiquity.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: Late antiquity Roman decoration silver plate vessels art society
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
N Fine Arts > NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Ellen Swift
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2008 13:21
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2012 15:13
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/3131 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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