Craft and the Kingly Ideal: Art, Trade, and Power by Mary W. Helms

By Mary W. Helms

In old Mediterranean cultures, diamonds have been suggestion to endow their proprietors with invincibility. In modern usa tradition, a foreign-made luxurious vehicle is assumed to offer its proprietor prestige and status. the place do those ideals come from?

In this examine of craft creation and long-distance exchange in conventional, nonindustrial societies, Mary W. Helms explores the facility attributed to things that both are produced by means of expert artisans and/or come from "afar." She argues that fantastic artisanship and long-distance alternate, either one of that are extra to be had to robust elites than to boring humans, are technique of developing or buying tangible gadgets that include intangible powers and energies from the cosmological geographical regions of gods, ancestors, or heroes. in the course of the items, those traits turn into on hand to human society and confer honor and tool on their possessors.

Helms’ novel technique equates alternate with artistry and emphasizes acquisition instead of distribution. She rejects the vintage Western separation among economics and aesthetics and gives a brand new paradigm for figuring out conventional societies that would be of curiosity to all anthropologists and archaeologists.

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