Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Decorated Vessels: The Function Of Decoration In Late Antiquity

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

This chapter re-integrates decoration with the function of the object and its social context in Late Antiquity. It examines the way that decoration prescribes the function of objects, for example, through the representation upon an object of the activity for which the object is intended to be used. It is suggested that in some instances decoration may also be matched to the interior decor of a room, that is, to the context within which an object was used. These correlations of decoration with function and context correspond to Roman ideas of ?appropriateness? in decor and, in turn, contribute to the structuring of social identities and social relations in Late Antiquity. Following trends in the earlier Roman period, in late silver plate, pottery and glass a connection between decoration and intended function can often be identified. Decoration on vessels forms a series of elaborate social codes relating to their practical use.

Keywords: decoration; Late Antiquity; Roman period; social context



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Objects in Context, Objects in Use — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation