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Gretchen Meyers (Franklin and Marshall College), “Craft, gender and identity: visual representations of women and textiles in ancient Etruria and Anatolia”



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Gretchen Meyers (Franklin and Marshall College), “Craft, gender and identity: visual representations of women and textiles in ancient Etruria and Anatolia”

Abstract: This paper examines the relationship between images of females from funerary monuments in Etruria and Anatolia. In particular I focus on the so-called "female assembly scenes" from a group of Chiusine cippi dating to the late Archaic period in which groups of seated women drape and exchange textiles among each other. Although scholarly opinion differs on the meanings of these scenes, the visual focus on the textile as a component of social or religious ritual is paramount. The importance of the textile within the specific Etruscan context of these scenes is further emphasized when considered alongside contemporaneous reliefs in Anatolia associated with females, most notably those on the Polyxena sarcophagus from a tomb in the northern Troad. Through both visual analysis and attention to broader issues of gendered representation and identity I examine the importance of cultural context for interpreting female-focused narratives in both ancient Etruria and Anatolia.
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