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Furniture Reconstructions, Provenance, Dating, Setting, And Function

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This chapter presents some additional thoughts about furniture reconstructions based on objects that share a relationship-stylistic, iconographic, or both-that may have bearing on the provenance and the date(s) when the objects were produced. Determining a precise provenance through stylistic analysis of local styles is complex because of the Roman practice of commissioning objects from remote sources, as is doubtless the case for both the Kenchreai glass opus sectile and the furniture.New analyses based on modern excavations in cemeteries may assist in interpreting the various decorative themes on these caskets, and if they were primarily intended for funerary use, provide chronological markers and relationships to funerary sculpture. The style and iconography of the large corpus of funerary sculpture are also being re-evaluated, and it is clear that neither has been well understood.

Keywords: chronological markers; furniture reconstructions; Kenchreai glass; provenance



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