Marian H. Feldman
- Associate Professor
- University of California, Berkeley
Sumptuous Phoenician and North Syrian ivories and metal vessels, with striking formal connections to Late Bronze Age (1600-1200 BCE) luxury arts, flooded the Mediterranean and Near East during the early Iron Age (1200-1600 BCE). This project investigates the ways in which these artifacts drew upon the earlier arts, alongside contemporary literature, to construct a golden age (or ages) through the intentional selection of artistic elements freighted with Late Bronze Age connotations of heroic kingship. Incorporating cross-disciplinary concerns (politics, economics, comparative literature) to pursue a contextualizing art historical analysis, the study offers new perspectives on the visual culture of the period by reinstating the arts in the rich historical setting of their production and use.