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Notes on Contributors.
1. Introduction: Art and Agency and Art History: Jeremy Tanner (University College London ) and Robin Osborne (University of Cambridge).
2. Enchantment and Sacrifice in Early Egypt: David Wengrow (University College London).
3. Agency Marked, Agency Ascribed: The Affective Object in Ancient Mesopotamia: Irene J. Winter (Harvard University).
4. Portraits and Agency: A Comparative View: Jeremy Tanner (University College London).
5. The Agency of, and the Agency for, the Wanli Emperor: Jessica Rawson (University of Oxford).
6. The Material Efficacy of the Elizabethan Jeweled Miniature: a Gellian Experiment: Jessen Kelly (University of California at Berkeley).
7. Representational Art in Ancient Peru and the Work of Alfred Gell: Jeffrey Quilter (Peabody Museum, Harvard).
8. Gell's Idols and Roman Cult: Peter Stewart (Courtauld Institute of Art in London).
9. Sex, Agency, and History: the Case of Athenian Painted Pottery: Robin Osborne (University of Cambridge).
10. Abducting the Agency of Art: Whitney Davis (University of California at Berkeley).
"This book represents an extended, timely and extremely valuable exploration of the applicability of the work of Alfred Gell." (The Classical Review, 2008)
"Not a single paper presented here failed to provoke or delight this reviewer. This edited volume offers an excellent introduction to Gell’s ideas.... It will surely form an important place in the growing canon of Gell-inspired literature." (Journal of Hellenic Studies, February 2009)
- Explores important concepts and perspectives in the anthropology of art.
- Includes nine groundbreaking case studies by an internationally renowned group of art historians and art theorists.
- Covers a wide range of periods, including Bronze-Age China, Classical Greece, Rome, and Mayan, as well as the modern Western world.
- Features an introductory essay by leading experts, which helps clarify issues in the field.
- Includes numerous illustrations.