Break the code: A contribution to the classification and interpretation of Portuguese faience iconography (17th-18th centuries). Anthropomorphic representations

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Abstract

This paper aims for a contribution to the study of the iconography
repertoire existing on Portuguese faience and the debatable
issues which relate those representations to the symbolic world,
the sacred and the profane or to the messages that those images
try to portray. This approach is rooted within different disciplinary
methodologies and knowledge such as Archaeology, History of Art, Psychology and Semiotics. The paper will investigate the cognitive off idiosyncratic testimonies of those societies, of the people who produced the objects and the ones who consumed them. The iconographic repertoires can be divided into five
categories: anthropomorphic, zoomorphic, phytomorphic, geometric and heraldic. These appear as part of larger compositions formed by one, two or even more of these elements. Despite the large variety of decorations in this paper we will focus on some anthropomorphic representations such as mythological Christian, pagan and nobility representations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the First International Conference of Portuguese Faience (16th-19th Centuries)
EditorsRosa Varela Gomes, Tânia Manuel Casimiro, Mário Varela Gomes
Place of PublicationLisboa
PublisherIntituto de Arqueologia e Paleociências da Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Pages449-472
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)978-84-7956-158-1
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event1º Congresso Internacional de Faiança Portuguesa - Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Lisboa, Portugal
Duration: 22 May 201325 May 2013
http://www.fcsh.unl.pt/media/eventos/1o-congresso-internacional-de-faianca-portuguesa

Conference

Conference1º Congresso Internacional de Faiança Portuguesa
CountryPortugal
CityLisboa
Period22/05/1325/05/13
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