The Resource The Origins of Monsters : Image and Cognition in the First Age of Mechanical Reproduction, David Wengrow

The Origins of Monsters : Image and Cognition in the First Age of Mechanical Reproduction, David Wengrow

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The Origins of Monsters : Image and Cognition in the First Age of Mechanical Reproduction
Title
The Origins of Monsters
Title remainder
Image and Cognition in the First Age of Mechanical Reproduction
Statement of responsibility
David Wengrow
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Author
Subject
Language
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
It has often been claimed that "monsters"--supernatural creatures with bodies composed from multiple species--play a significant part in the thought and imagery of all people from all times. The Origins of Monsters advances an alternative view. Composite figurations are intriguingly rare and isolated in the art of the prehistoric era. Instead it was with the rise of cities, elites, and cosmopolitan trade networks that "monsters" became widespread features of visual production in the ancient world. Showing how these fantastic images originated and how they were transmitted, David Wengrow identifies patterns in the records of human image-making and embarks on a search for connections between mind and culture. Wengrow asks: Can cognitive science explain the potency of such images? Does evolutionary psychology hold a key to understanding the transmission of symbols? How is our making and perception of images influenced by institutions and technologies? Wengrow considers the work of art in the first age of mechanical reproduction, which he locates in the Middle East, where urban life began. Comparing the development and spread of fantastic imagery across a range of prehistoric and ancient societies, including Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and China, he explores how the visual imagination has been shaped by a complex mixture of historical and universal factors. Examining the reasons behind the dissemination of monstrous imagery in ancient states and empires, The Origins of Monsters sheds light on the relationship between culture and cognition
Cataloging source
DE-B1597
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Wengrow, D
Government publication
other
LC call number
N72.S6
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Series statement
The Rostovtzeff Lectures
Series volume
2
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  • Animals, Mythical, in art
  • Archaeology and art
  • Art and society
  • Art, Ancient
  • Art, Prehistoric
  • Cognition and culture
  • Imagery (Psychology)
  • Monsters in art
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology
Target audience
specialized
Label
The Origins of Monsters : Image and Cognition in the First Age of Mechanical Reproduction, David Wengrow
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Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 4. Urban Creations: The Cultural Ecology of Composite Animals
  • 5. Counterintuitive Images and the Mechanical Arts
  • 6. Modes of Image Transfer: Transformative, Integrative, Protective
  • Conclusion. Persistent, but Not Primordial: Emergent Properties of Cognition
  • Notes
  • References
  • Index
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Illustrations
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • 1. Image and Economy in the Ancient World: The Bronze Age of Mikhail Rostovtzeff
  • 2. Materials for an Epidemiology of Culture
  • 3. The Hidden Shaman: Fictive Anatomy in Paleolithic and Neolithic Art
Edition
Course Book
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400848867
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.1515/9781400848867
Other physical details
10 halftones. 23 line illus. 1 map.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (DE-B1597)453965
  • (OCoLC)862048740
  • (OCoLC)979746011
  • (DE-B1597)9781400848867
Label
The Origins of Monsters : Image and Cognition in the First Age of Mechanical Reproduction, David Wengrow
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 4. Urban Creations: The Cultural Ecology of Composite Animals
  • 5. Counterintuitive Images and the Mechanical Arts
  • 6. Modes of Image Transfer: Transformative, Integrative, Protective
  • Conclusion. Persistent, but Not Primordial: Emergent Properties of Cognition
  • Notes
  • References
  • Index
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Illustrations
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • 1. Image and Economy in the Ancient World: The Bronze Age of Mikhail Rostovtzeff
  • 2. Materials for an Epidemiology of Culture
  • 3. The Hidden Shaman: Fictive Anatomy in Paleolithic and Neolithic Art
Edition
Course Book
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400848867
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.1515/9781400848867
Other physical details
10 halftones. 23 line illus. 1 map.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (DE-B1597)453965
  • (OCoLC)862048740
  • (OCoLC)979746011
  • (DE-B1597)9781400848867

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