Carving as Craft Palatine East and the Greco Roman Bone

From 1989 to 1994than fifteen hundred bone and ivory objects were excavated from the northeast slope of Rome's Palatine Hill These remains constitute the largest such find in the western Mediterranean and the first traces of the actual working of ivory in Rome itself In this original work art historian Archer St Clair explores the significance of these finds in understanding both the development of artisanship in Rome and the broader Greco Roman cultural and artistic tradition to which they belongDating primarily from the first through the fifth century CE the carved objects include ornamentation for furniture and boxes in the form of plaques and framing strips jewelry dolls a wide variety of pins as well as smaller numbers of handles needles and other implements Also present at the site was extensive evidence of a bone and ivory workshop including prepared blanks and waste fragments that provide valuable evidence for artisanal practices in both materials This volume includes a representative catalog of 648 objects from Palatine East extensively illustrated with photographs and detailed drawings Four chapters of introductory material offer a comprehensive overview of the material properties of bone and ivory the literary evidence and wider context of their use in the ancient world and the particular significance of the Palatine East siteWhile bone has often been treated simply as an inferior and less valuable alternative to ivory St Clair notes the close association in their use and elucidates a complex relationship between them In doing so she offers a detailed contextual study of the uses social perception and distribution of the two materials revealing a shared Mediterranean vocabulary of form and techniqueFrom 1989 to 1994than fifteen hundred bone and ivory objects were excavated from the northeast slope of Rome's Palatine Hill These remains constitute the largest such find in the western Mediterranean and the first traces of the actual working of ivory in Rome itself In this original work art historian Archer St Clair explores the significance of these finds in understanding both the development of artisanship in Rome and the broader Greco Roman cultural and artistic tradition to which they belongDating primarily from the first through the fifth century CE the carved objects include ornamentation for furniture and boxes in the form of plaques and framing strips jewelry dolls a wide variety of pins as well as smaller numbers of handles needles and other implements Also present at the site was extensive evidence of a bone and ivory workshop including prepared blanks and waste fragments that provide valuable evidence for artisanal practices in both materials This volume includes a representative catalog of 648 objects from Palatine East extensively illustrated with photographs and detailed drawings Four chapters of introductory material offer a comprehensive overview of the material properties of bone and ivory the literary evidence and wider context of their use in the ancient world and the particular significance of the Palatine East siteWhile bone has often been treated simply as an inferior and less valuable alternative to ivory St Clair notes the close association in their use and elucidates a complex relationship between them In doing so she offers a detailed contextual study of the uses social perception and distribution of the two materials revealing a shared Mediterranean vocabulary of form and techniqueFrom 1989 to 1994than fifteen hundred bone and ivory objects were excavated from the northeast slope of Rome's Palatine Hill These remains constitute the largest such find in the western Mediterranean and the first traces of the actual working of ivory in Rome itself In this original work art historian Archer St Clair explores the significance of these finds in understanding both the development of artisanship in Rome and the broader Greco Roman cultural and artistic tradition to which they belongDating primarily from the first through the fifth century CE the carved objects include ornamentation for furniture and boxes in the form of plaques and framing strips jewelry dolls a wide variety of pins as well as smaller numbers of handles needles and other implements Also present at the site was extensive evidence of a bone and ivory workshop including prepared blanks and waste fragments that provide valuable evidence for artisanal practices in both materials This volume includes a representative catalog of 648 objects from Palatine East extensively illustrated with photographs and detailed drawings Four chapters of introductory material offer a comprehensive overview of the material properties of bone and ivory the literary evidence and wider context of their use in the ancient world and the particular significance of the Palatine East siteWhile bone has often been treated simply as an inferior and less valuable alternative to ivory St Clair notes the close association in their use and elucidates a complex relationship between them In doing so she offers a detailed contextual study of the uses social perception and distribution of the two materials revealing a shared Mediterranean vocabulary of form and technique