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Figurines in Hellenistic Babylonia: Miniaturization and Cultural Hybridity

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In this volume, Stephanie M. Langin-Hooper investigates the impact of Greek art on the miniature figure sculptures produced in Babylonia after the conquests of Alexander the Great. Figurines in Hellenistic Babylonia were used as agents of social change, by visually expressing and negotiating cultural differences. The scaled-down quality of figurines encouraged both visual and tactile engagement, enabling them to effectively work as non-threatening instruments of cultural blending. Reconstructing the embodied experience of miniaturization in detailed case studies, Langin-Hooper illuminates the dynamic process of combining Greek and Babylonian sculpture forms, social customs, and viewing habits into new, hybrid works of art. Her innovative focus on figurines as instruments of both personal encounter and global cultural shifts has important implications for the study of tiny objects in art history, anthropology, classics, and other disciplines.
Request Code : ZLIBIO3182748
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Year:
2020
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Language:
English
Pages:
350
ISBN 10:
1108488145
ISBN 13:
9781108488143
ISBN:
1108488145,9781108488143

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