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Singing stones: contextualising body language in Romano-British iconography

Aldhouse-Green, Miranda Jane 2012. Singing stones: contextualising body language in Romano-British iconography. Britannia 43 , pp. 115-134. 10.1017/S0068113X12000190

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Two stone sculptures from Caerwent — a disembodied human head and a seated female figure — are the focus of this article. Using icon-theory, it is proposed that the Caerwent sculptures (albeit recovered from different chronological horizons) were perhaps produced at the same time, maybe even by a single stonemason. Issues of materiality, including choice of stone and style, are seen as key to their understanding, in terms of Silurian identity and religion. Moreover, the emphasis on mouths and ears invites interpretation of these images as those of speaking and listening Oracles, conduits between earthly and spiritual worlds.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
D History General and Old World > DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
Uncontrolled Keywords: iconography, Roman, inscriptions, religion
Additional Information: Pdf uploaded in accordance with publisher's policy at (accessed 21/02/2014).
Publisher: Cambridge University Press and Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies
ISSN: 0068-113X
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:53

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