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    DescriptionFully illustrated, Prehistoric Figurines brings a radical new approach to one of the most exciting, but poorly understood artefacts from our prehistoric past. Studying the interpretation of prehistoric figurines from Neolithic southeast Europe, Bailey introduces recent developments from the fields of visual culture studies and cultural anthropology, and investigates the ways in which representations of human bodies were used by the pre-historic people to understand their own identities, to negotiate relationships and to make subtle political points. Bailey examines four critical conditions: * figurines as miniatures * figurines as three-dimensional representations * figurines as anthropomorphs * figurines as representations. Through these conditions, the study travels beyond the traditional mechanisms of interpretation and takes the debate past the out-dated interpretations of figurines as Mother-Goddess as Bailey examines individual prehistoric figurines in their original archaeological contexts and views them in the light of modern exploitations of the human form. Students and scholars of History and Archaeology will benefit immensely from Bailey's close understanding of the material culture and pre-history of the Balkans.

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    Prehistoric Figurines
    Representation and Corporeality in the Neolithic
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Douglass Bailey
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 174 mm
    Height: 246 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 476 g
    ISBN 13: 9780415331524
    ISBN 10: 0415331528

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.5
    BIC E4L: HIS
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Libri: I-HP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25530
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    BIC subject category V2: HD
    Ingram Theme: CULT/EEUROP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS010010
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/PREHIS
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BALKAN
    DC22: 949.6
    BISAC V2.8: ART015050
    LC subject heading: , ,
    LC classification: GN776.22.B
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    LC classification: GN776.22.B33 B35 2005
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    Thema V1.0: NK
    Illustrations note
    33 black & white illustrations, 38 black & white line drawings
    Taylor & Francis Ltd
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    07 June 2005
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Dr Douglass Bailey is Senior Lecturer at Cardiff University and a world authority on the prehistory of eastern Europe. He has conducted fieldwork in Romania and Bulgaria and written on a wide range of topics including art, architecture, and the politics of archaeology. His Balkan Prehistory (Routledge 2000) is the standard text on the southeast European Neolithic
    Review quote
    'There is certainly much of interest here, Many of the sources that Bailey brings to bear are completely novel to existing scholarship on prehistoric figurines, and they yield some real insights. The book itself is engagingly written and well illustrated. Discussions of the diverse sources make for a lively read.' - Cambridge Archaeological Journal 'Whatever you know about prehistoric figurines, this book will open your eyes and make you think... Bailey halps the reader all the way, with a meticulously constructed tect, written in an absorbing style; it combines some closely observed descriptions of the forms of figurines with comprehensive syntheses of their archaeological contexts, critical reviews of previous studies and interpretations, accessible explanations of complex ideas about human representation, and a selection of photographs and line drawings that work actively alongside the text... this is an outstanding book, because it poses so many thought-provoking questions about the complex qualities of visual representations of human bodies in the past and their significance today. - Antiquity '...engagingly written and well illustrated...Bailey makes a bold effort to open up interpretation of Neolithic figurines from southeastern Europe...provoking thoughts far beyond any traditional archaeological bounds.' - Richard G. Lesure, University of California
    Table of contents
    1. Introduction 2. Miniaturism and Dimensionality 3. Hamangia 4. Anthropomorphism: Dolls, portraits and body parts 5. Cucuteni-Tripolye 6. Visual Rhetoric, Truth and the Body 7. Thessalian 8. Subverting and Manipulating Reality 9. Conclusions