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Porphyry

Red Imperial Porphyry. Power and Religion

Info
  • Author Dario Del Bufalo
  • Size 24x33,5 cm
  • Binding Cartonato con sovraccoperta
  • Pages 336
  • Illustrations 1000
  • Language English and Italian
  • Year 2018
  • ISBN 9788842224280
  • Price € 130,00
Synopsis

Imperial porphyry, the greatest symbol of religious power This volume presents the largest number of artefacts ever assembled and traces, by the stages which two symbols in widely different materials became intimately linked: purple dye, which is transfigured from the living body of rock snails into a colour, and porphyry, whose inanimate objectivity as a rare stone is converted into the immortal essence of the figure it is called to embody. Porphyry became the ultimate expression of the sacredness of transcendence, the regality of power, the mystique of atonement or the sublimation of martyrdom.2nd edition updated and expanded with over 150 new object descriptionEdition in English with texts in Italian in appendix

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