The Art and Archaeology of Bodily Adornment examines the significance of adornment to the shaping of identity in mortuary contexts within Central and East Asia, and brings these perspectives into dialogue with current scholarship in other worldwide regions.
Adornment and dress are well-established fields of study for the ancient world, particularly with regard to Europe and the Americas. Often left out of this growing discourse are contributions from scholars of Central and East Asia. The mortuary contexts of focus in this volume represent unique sites and events where identity was visualized, and often manipulated and negotiated, through material objects and their placement on and about the deceased body. Authors examine ornaments, jewelry, clothing, and hairstyles to address questions of identity construction regarding dimensions such as gender, social and political status, and transcultural exchange from burials of pre- and early historical archaeological sites in Central Asia, China, Korea, and Japan.
In both breadth and depth, it will be of interest to students and scholars interested in the archaeology, art, and history of Central and East Asia, as well as anyone interested in the general study of dress and adornment.
1 Dimensions of Personal Adornment,
Sheri A. Lullo and Leslie V. Wallace
Part 1: Gender and Social Status
2 Adornments at Odake Shell Midden Site: Perceptions of Early Jōmon Hunter-Gatherer Gender and Identities
Ilona R. Bausch
3 Some Features of "Xiongnu" Composite Belts
4 Adornments of Golden Silla
Sarah Milledge Nelson
Part 2: Transcultural Contexts
5The Yayoi-Kofun Transition as seen from the Exchange Network of Beads in the Japanese Archipelago
6 Why Wear Dolphins? Greek Imagery among the Pastoralists along the Ancient Oxus
Karen S. Rubinson
7 The Power and Authority of Exotic Accessories: Ornamentation of Human and Equine haniwa at Tsukamawari Tomb 4, Gunma, Japan
Karen M. Gerhart and Katheryn M. Linduff
Part 3: Assemblage
8 Jade Age Adornment of the Liangzhu Elite
9 Does a Feather in Your Hat a Barbarian Make? Headgear and Hairstyles in Han Dynasty Tomb Murals in the Ordos
Leslie V. Wallace
10 Dressing the Dead in Jin China