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Author Davis, Whitney,
Title Masking the blow : the scene of representation in late prehistoric Egyptian art / Whitney Davis.
Imprint Berkeley : University of California Press, [1992]
1992

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Author Davis, Whitney,
Series California studies in the history of art ; 30
California studies in the history of art ; 30.
Subject Art, Prehistoric -- Egypt -- Themes, motives.
Art, Egyptian -- Themes, motives.
Add Title Scene of representation in late prehistoric Egyptian art
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 OHIOLINK NETLIBRARY EBOOKS    ONLINE  
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Author Davis, Whitney,
Series California studies in the history of art ; 30
California studies in the history of art ; 30.
Subject Art, Prehistoric -- Egypt -- Themes, motives.
Art, Egyptian -- Themes, motives.
Add Title Scene of representation in late prehistoric Egyptian art
Description 1 online resource (xvii, 299 pages) : illustrations.
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 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.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 282-296) and index.
Contents History and the scene of representation -- Outside the scene -- Circling the scene -- Entering the scene -- Failing to see on contested ground -- In the morgue -- Looking back -- About-face -- In the wild.
Note Print version record.
English.
ISBN 9780585299358 (electronic bk.)
0585299358 (electronic bk.)
9780520074880 (alk. paper)
0520074882 (alk. paper)
OCLC # 45731333
Additional Format Print version: Davis, Whitney. Masking the blow. Berkeley : University of California Press, 1992 0520074882 (DLC) 91023848 (OCoLC)24009397
Table of Contents
 List of Illustrations 
 Preface 
 Chronological Table 
Ch. 1History and the Scene of Representation1
Ch. 2Outside the Scene43
Ch. 3Circling the Scene62
Ch. 4Entering the Scene71
Ch. 5Failing to See on Contested Ground93
Ch. 6In the Morgue119
Ch. 7Looking Back145
Ch. 8About-Face161
Ch. 9In the Wild201
 Appendix: Pictorial Narrative234
 Notes256
 Bibliographic Note279
 Bibliography282
 Index297


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