Framing matters

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    Many representations of gold foil figures are surrounded by frames that were integral parts of the dies with which they had been stamped. In this paper, I shall argue that this feature impacted meaning and significance of the images that it encircled but also affected the experience of seeing the images by the viewers. A significant proportion of the gold foil figures, however, were not framed and the absence of any boundaries on those foils too is relevant for the interpretation of their images. Theoretical approaches that were developed on the basis of framing devices in ancient art as well as a discussion of some examples in early medieval art provide concepts and analogies for the analysis of frames on the gold foils.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationGold foil figures in focus
    Subtitle of host publicationA Scandinavian find group and related objects and images from ancient and medieval Europe
    Place of PublicationMünchen
    PublisherVerlag Dr Friedrich Pfeil
    Number of pages169
    ISBN (Print)978-3-89937-249-6
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019

    Publication series

    NameSchriften des Museums für Archäologie Schloss Gottorf Ergänzungsreihe


    • frame, boundary, portal, architectural surround, visual space, deity, ritual performance

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