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Royal Imagery and Devotional Spaces in Early Solomonic Ethiopia. The Case of Gannata Maryam

Gnisci, Jacopo; (2023) Royal Imagery and Devotional Spaces in Early Solomonic Ethiopia. The Case of Gannata Maryam. In: Bacci, Michele and Grigoryan, Gohar and Studer-Karlen, Manuela, (eds.) Staging the Ruler’s Body in Medieval Cultures: A Comparative Perspective. (pp. 117-135). Brepols Publishers: Turnhout, Belgium. Green open access

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Abstract

This book explores the viewing and sensorial contexts in which the bodies of kings and queens were involved in the premodern societies of Europe, Asia, and Africa, relying on a methodology that aims to overcoming the traditional boundaries between material studies, art history, political theory, and Repräsentationsgeschichte. More specifically, it investigates the multiple ways in which the ruler’s physical appearance was apprehended and invested with visual, metaphorical, and emotional associations, as well as the dynamics whereby such mise-en-scène devices either were inspired by or worked as sources of inspiration for textual and pictorial representations of royalty. The outcome is a multifaced analysis of the multiple, imaginative, and terribly ambiguous ways in which, in past societies, the notion of a God-driven, eternal, and transpersonal royal power came to be associated with the material bodies of kings and queens, and of the impressive efforts made, in different cultures, to elude the conundrum of the latter’s weakness, transitoriness, and individual distinctiveness.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Royal Imagery and Devotional Spaces in Early Solomonic Ethiopia. The Case of Gannata Maryam
ISBN-13: 978-1-915487-08-7
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1484/M.HMSAH-EB.5.135006
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1484/M.HMSAH-EB.5.135006
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of History of Art
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10178541
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