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Title: The 'International Style'
Subtitle: Colour and Polychrome Faience
Author(s): SINCLAIR, Andrea
Journal: Ancient Near Eastern Studies
Volume: 49    Date: 2012   
Pages: 118-149
DOI: 10.2143/ANES.49.0.2165722

Abstract :
The ‘International Style’ is an artistic style replete on small luxury artefacts found in elite contexts from the Late Bronze Age eastern Mediterranean. This visual idiom has been identified by the cohesive fusion of specific hybrid iconographic motifs and themes sourced from the polities of the eastern Mediterranean region. Previous scholarship on this subject has focussed on the characteristic visual idiom, value of exotic materials employed and issues of agency and recipient. This examination proposes to introduce the context of colour value in an assessment of this style and examines those ostensibly ‘International Style’ objects which employ colour in their decoration, polychrome vessels and tiles in faience from Cyprus, Egypt, the Aegean and the Levant.

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