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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1709: The Art of Borders, II: Examining the Meaning and Function of Borders, Edges, and Thresholds in Early Medieval Art

Thursday 9 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

Organisers:Meg Boulton, Independent Scholar
Alexandra M. Lester-Makin, School of Arts, Languages & Cultures, University of Manchester
Moderator/Chair:Alexandra M. Lester-Makin, School of Arts, Languages & Cultures, University of Manchester
Paper 1709-aBreaking Down Borders in the Imagescapes of Late Antique Textiles
(Language: English)
Stephanie R. Caruso, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection Harvard University
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Art History - Painting
Paper 1709-bBorders and Edges at Medieval Textiles from Excavations in the Land of Israel, 9th-13th Centuries
(Language: English)
Orit Shamir, Israel Antiquities Authority Jerusalem
Alisa Baginski, Israel Antiquities Authority Jerusalem / Shenkar College of Textile Technology & Fashion Ramat-Gan
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Daily Life, Hebrew and Jewish Studies
Paper 1709-cPushing the Boundaries: Overriding Borders in the Bayeux Tapestry
(Language: English)
Gale R. Owen-Crocker, Department of English & American Studies, University of Manchester
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Art History - Decorative Arts

This session explores how medieval art incorporated, established, or broke down borders in both real and metaphorical forms as understood through material objects. Physical, visual, and conceptual borders are explored to help us understand how medieval societies understood the world around them. Part two explores and challenges modern identifications of fabric and textile borders through ideas of construction, wear, and use within textile imagescapes. Case studies include Late Antique textiles; borders and edges on patched, reused, and intact textiles from two sites in Israel and the design and narrative purpose of penetrated and broken borders in the Bayeux Tapestry.