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The Resource Masking the blow : the scene of representation in late prehistoric Egyptian art, Whitney Davis

Masking the blow : the scene of representation in late prehistoric Egyptian art, Whitney Davis

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Masking the blow : the scene of representation in late prehistoric Egyptian art
Title
Masking the blow
Title remainder
the scene of representation in late prehistoric Egyptian art
Statement of responsibility
Whitney Davis
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "The meaning of late prehistoric Egyptian images has until now been tantalizingly mysterious and as little understood as the circumstances of their production. Analyses of these images, as a result, have been merely general and often incorrectly illustrated. Whitney Davis's Masking the Blow: The Scene of Representation in Late Prehistoric Egyptian Art provides a welcome remedy in its detailed reinterpretation of images carved on ivory knife handles and schist cosmetic palettes, including the Narmer Palette, often considered the very inception of ancient Egyptian canonical image making in the dynastic pharaonic tradition. Davis deciphers the intriguing pictorial narratives and complex metaphors of images that are concerned with "masking the blow" of the ruler. "Masking the blow" refers to the many ways in which the late prehistoric Egyptian images represent, elide, or suppress the depiction of a ruler's decisive violent act of conquering an enemy, whether a hunted animal or a human antagonist; although this act is the central theme of late prehistoric Egyptian representation - the basic concern of pictorial narrative - it is partly disguised within images themselves. The book examines the pictorial mechanics of this "masking" and interprets the "scene of representation," the context of image making, in which it transpires." "Examining late prehistoric Egyptian images in light of contemporary visual theory and illustrating his analyses with excellent reproductions of the works of art, Davis goes beyond the usual concern beyond the usual concern for stylistic development and iconographic meanings that characterizes prior studies."--Jacket
  • "The meaning of late prehistoric Egyptian images has until now been tantalizingly mysterious and as little understood as the circumstances of their production. Analyses of these images, as a result, have been merely general and often incorrectly illustrated. Whitney Davis's Masking the Blow: The Scene of Representation in Late Prehistoric Egyptian Art provides a welcome remedy in its detailed reinterpretation of images carved on ivory knife handles and schist cosmetic palettes, including the Narmer Palette, often considered the very inception of ancient Egyptian canonical image making in the dynastic pharaonic tradition. Davis deciphers the intriguing pictorial narratives and complex metaphors of images that are concerned with "masking the blow" of the ruler. "Masking the blow" refers to the many ways in which the late prehistoric Egyptian images represent, elide, or suppress the depiction of a ruler's decisive violent act of conquering an enemy, whether a hunted animal or a human antagonist; although this act is the central theme of late prehistoric Egyptian representation - the basic concern of pictorial narrative - it is partly disguised within images themselves. The book examines the pictorial mechanics of this "masking" and interprets the "scene of representation," the context of image making, in which it transpires." "Examining late prehistoric Egyptian images in light of contemporary visual theory and illustrating his analyses with excellent reproductions of the works of art, Davis goes beyond the usual concern beyond the usual concern for stylistic development and iconographic meanings that characterizes prior studies."--BOOK JACKET
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Cataloging source
DLC
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Davis, Whitney
Dewey number
709/.32
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
N5310.5.E3
LC item number
D38 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
California studies in the history of art
Series volume
30
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Art, Prehistoric
  • Art, Egyptian
Label
Masking the blow : the scene of representation in late prehistoric Egyptian art, Whitney Davis
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 282-296) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Ch. 5.
  • Failing to See on Contested Ground
  • Ch. 6.
  • In the Morgue
  • Ch. 7.
  • Looking Back
  • Ch. 8.
  • About-Face
  • Ch. 9.
  • In the Wild
  • Ch. 1.
  • Appendix: Pictorial Narrative
  • History and the Scene of Representation
  • Ch. 2.
  • Outside the Scene
  • Ch. 3.
  • Circling the Scene
  • Ch. 4.
  • Entering the Scene
Control code
24009397
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
xvii, 299 pages
Isbn
9780520074880
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
91023848
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaOLN)1479087
Label
Masking the blow : the scene of representation in late prehistoric Egyptian art, Whitney Davis
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 282-296) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Ch. 5.
  • Failing to See on Contested Ground
  • Ch. 6.
  • In the Morgue
  • Ch. 7.
  • Looking Back
  • Ch. 8.
  • About-Face
  • Ch. 9.
  • In the Wild
  • Ch. 1.
  • Appendix: Pictorial Narrative
  • History and the Scene of Representation
  • Ch. 2.
  • Outside the Scene
  • Ch. 3.
  • Circling the Scene
  • Ch. 4.
  • Entering the Scene
Control code
24009397
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
xvii, 299 pages
Isbn
9780520074880
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
91023848
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaOLN)1479087

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