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Title: Aspects of Elamite Wall Painting
Subtitle: New Evidence from Kabnak (Haft Tappeh)
Author(s): ALVAREZ-MON, Javier
Journal: Iranica Antiqua
Volume: 40    Date: 2005   
Pages: 149-164
DOI: 10.2143/IA.40.0.583205

Abstract :
An examination of the documentation pertaining to the survival of wall painting in the ancient Near East reveals it to be chronologically fragmentary and quantitatively slim. This may be explained by a combination of events related to the unfortunate outcome of conflagrations; the damaging effects of lasting moisture and erosion; and the lack of proper archaeological techniques adapted to the in-situ preservation of such a delicate medium. Yet, the exceptional wall paintings which have survived demonstrate that, indeed, color was applied to walls of houses, temples, and palaces for millennia, playing a prime role in the visual cultures of the ancient Near East. Much progress has been made in the study of wall painting since A. Moortgat’s seminal work Altvorderasiatische Malerei, particularly in regards to the complex task of diachronically relating the various styles, motifs, themes, and techniques and to the more speculative effort of synchronically integrating wall painting into the large spectrum of artistic production such as pottery decoration, textile work or painted sculpture.

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