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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 644: My Precious: Precious Objects in the Middle Ages, II

Tuesday 2 July 2019, 11.15-12.45

Organisers:Abby Armstrong, School of Humanities, Canterbury Christ Church University
Nicole Corrigan, Department of Art History, Emory University
Moderator/Chair:Nicole Corrigan, Department of Art History, Emory University
Paper 644-aVon tiurem golde rîche: A Lexicographical Approach to Precious Materiality in Middle High German
(Language: English)
Adam Oberlin, Department of German, Princeton University
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Language and Literature - German, Rhetoric
Paper 644-bPrecious Metalworking and Spiritual Learning in the Words of Theophilus
(Language: English)
Alice Yevko, Centre for the Study of Christianity & Culture, University of York
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Art History - Decorative Arts, Monasticism, Technology
Paper 644-cPearlescent, Golden, and Crystal Clear: Examining the Material Matrix of Meaning in a 13th-Century Reliquary Pendant
(Language: English)
Shir Blum, Department of Art History, Tel Aviv University
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Decorative Arts, Art History - Sculpture

Throughout the Middle Ages, precious materials were forged into works of art that played a central role in medieval life. Churches accumulated glimmering hoards of reliquaries. Royal inventories provide descriptions of jewellery and illuminated manuscripts that rarely survive. Nobles and ecclesiastics exchanged exquisite gifts to forge bonds or make political statements. This panel explores the language and rhetoric of precious objects. These papers examine the linguistic dimensions of materiality in Middle High German texts, Benedictine craftsmanship and spiritual learning in the 12th century, and the meaning of materials in combination within the 13th-century Ninian reliquary.