The Resource Craft and the kingly ideal : art, trade, and power, Mary W. Helms

Craft and the kingly ideal : art, trade, and power, Mary W. Helms

Label
Craft and the kingly ideal : art, trade, and power
Title
Craft and the kingly ideal
Title remainder
art, trade, and power
Statement of responsibility
Mary W. Helms
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In ancient Mediterranean cultures, diamonds were thought to endow their owners with invincibility. In contemporary United States culture, a foreign-made luxury car is believed to give its owner status and prestige. Where do these beliefs come from? In this study of craft production and long-distance trade in traditional, nonindustrial societies, Mary W. Helms explores the power attributed to objects that either are produced by skilled artisans and/or come from "afar." She argues that fine artisanship and long-distance trade, both of which are more available to powerful elites than to ordinary people, are means of creating or acquiring tangible objects that embody intangible powers and energies from the cosmological realms of gods, ancestors, or heroes. Through the objects, these qualities become available to human society and confer honor and power on their possessors. Helms draws her examples from cultures around the world, dating from ancient to modern times. Her novel approach, equating trade with artistry, rejects the classic Western separation between economics and aesthetics and offers a new paradigm for understanding traditional societies that will be of interest to all anthropologists and archaeologists. In addition, shifting emphasis from the exchange of objects to their acquisition offers an exciting new perspective for a wide range of scholars interested in cultural contact and trade, including those in history, religious studies, and sociology
Cataloging source
DLC
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Helms, Mary W
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
GN492.2
LC item number
.H46 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Political anthropology
  • Commerce
  • Workmanship
  • Exchange
  • Quality of products
  • Anthropologie politique
  • Commerce
  • Qualité du travail
  • Échange, Théorie de l' (Économie politique)
  • Qualité des produits
  • Commerce
  • Exchange
  • Political anthropology
  • Quality of products
  • Workmanship
  • Ambachten
  • Handel
  • Anthropologie politique
  • Commerce
  • Artisanat
  • Echange, théorie de (économie politique)
  • Qualité des produits
  • Handwerkskunst
  • Prestige
  • Fernhandel
  • Ware
Label
Craft and the kingly ideal : art, trade, and power, Mary W. Helms
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xii, 287 pages
Isbn
9780292730786
Lccn
92026296
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)26256583
  • (OCoLC)ocm26256583
Label
Craft and the kingly ideal : art, trade, and power, Mary W. Helms
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xii, 287 pages
Isbn
9780292730786
Lccn
92026296
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)26256583
  • (OCoLC)ocm26256583

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