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Caput Johannis in Disco

{Essay on a Man’s Head}


Barbara Baert

During the Middle Ages, the head of St John the Baptist was widely venerated. According to the biblical text, John was beheaded at the order of Herod’s stepdaughter, who is traditionally given the name Salome. His head was later found in Jerusalem. Legends concerning the discovery of this relic form the basis of an iconographic type in which the head of St John the Baptist is represented as an “object.” The phenomenon of the Johannesschüssel is the subject of this essay. Little is known about how exactly these objects functioned. How are we to understand this fascination with horror, death and decapitation? What phantasms does the artifact channel?
The present study offers the unique key to the Johannesschüssel as artifact, phenomenon, phantasm and medium.


Edited by Aurora Morcillo

The authors in this anthology explore how we are to rethink political and social narratives of the Spanish Civil War at the turn of the twenty-first century. The questions addressed here are based on a solid intellectual conviction of all the contributors to resist facile arguments both on the Right and the Left, concerning the historical and collective memory of the Spanish Civil War and the dictatorship in the milieu of post-transition to democracy. Central to a true democratic historical narrative is the commitment to listening to the other experiences and the willingness to rethink our present(s) in light of our past(s). The volume is divided in six parts: I. Institutional Realms of Memory; II. Past Imperfect: Gender Archetypes in Retrospect; III. The Many Languages of Domesticity; IV. Realms of Oblivion: Hunger, Repression, and Violence; V. Strangers to Ourselves: Autobiographical Testimonies; and VI. The Orient Within: Myths of Hispano-Arabic Identity.
Contributors are Antonio Cazorla-Sánchez, Álex Bueno, Fernando Martínez López, Miguel Gómez Oliver, Mary Ann Dellinger, Geoffrey Jensen, Paula A. de la Cruz-Fernández, María del Mar Logroño Narbona, M. Cinta Ramblado Minero, Deirdre Finnerty, Victoria L. Enders, Pilar Domínguez Prats, Sofia Rodríguez López, Óscar Rodríguez Barreira, Nerea Aresti, and Miren Llona.

Listed by Choice magazine as one of the Outstanding Academic Titles of 2014

Elizabeth Coatsworth and Gale Owen-Crocker

An astonishing number of medieval garments survive, more-or-less complete. Here the authors present 100 items, ranging from homely to princely. The book’s wide-ranging introduction discusses the circumstances in which garments have survived to the present; sets and collections; constructional and decorative techniques; iconography; inscriptions on garments; style and fashion. Detailed descriptions and discussions explain technique and ornament, investigate alleged associations with famous people (many of them spurious) and demonstrate, even when there are no known associations, how a garment may reveal its own biography: a story that can include repair, remaking, recycling; burial, resurrection and veneration; accidental loss or deliberate deposition.
The authors both have many publications in the field of medieval studies, including previous collaborations on medieval textiles such as Medieval Textiles of the British Isles AD 450-1100: an Annotated Bibliography (2007), the Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles of the British Isles (2012) and online bibliographies.


Edited by Silke Ackermann, Richard Kremer and Mara Miniati

During their active lives, scientific instruments generally inhabit the laboratory, observatory, classroom or the field. But instruments have also lived in a wider set of venues, as objects on display. As such, they acquire new levels of meaning; their cultural functions expand.

This book offers selected studies of instruments on display in museums, national fairs, universal exhibitions, patent offices, book frontispieces, theatrical stages, movie sets, and on-line collections. The authors argue that these displays, as they have changed with time, reflect changing social attitudes towards the objects themselves and toward science and its heritage. By bringing display to the center of analysis, the collection offers a new and ambitious framework for the study of scientific instruments and the material culture of science.

Contributors are: Amy Ackerberg-Hastings, Silke Ackermann, Marco Beretta, Laurence Bobis, Alison Boyle, Fausto Casi, Ileana Chinnici, Suzanne Débarbat, Richard Dunn, Inga Elmqvist-Söderlund, Ingrid Jendrzejewski, Peggy A. Kidwell, Richard Kremer, Mara Miniati, Richard A. Paselk, Donata Randazzo, Steven Turner.

Elizabeth Coatsworth and Gale R. Owen-Crocker

Scope of the Study below), and the fragile nature of the cloth and leather from which they were mainly made. In saying this, we must not fail to acknowledge the skills of archaeologists, curators and conservators which have made it possible to present these items as complete, or almost complete

Elizabeth Coatsworth and Gale R. Owen-Crocker

. This view was accepted without criticism for many years, affecting the way the object was presented and its reception in the literature and by visitors to its exhibition. St Birgitta, St Birgitta, St Birgitta (1303–73) was of a noble Swedish family. She moved in court circles, married and had eight

Elizabeth Coatsworth and Gale R. Owen-Crocker

spun round a white silk core. Terminals: red silk, white silk, green and pale blue brocading silk, gold thread. Dimensions Present length of main band: 138cm (54.3in) Width: 3.8cm (1.5in) Length of terminals: 5cm (5.9in) Width of flared terminals: 3.8cm (1.5in) where attached to main band, 4.7cm (1.9in

Elizabeth Coatsworth and Gale R. Owen-Crocker

presented here (10.1, 10.2). There are however, other varieties including what Willemsen calls ‘shepherds’ mittens’, with a thumb and two groups of fingers. Worn by shepherds in art, including Nativity scenes, when the mittens may be lined with fur, this type is exemplified by a cow-leather mitten found

Elizabeth Coatsworth and Gale R. Owen-Crocker

time comes from the graves of corpses buried in their clothes, which, when excavated, rarely contain evidence of footwear. It is possible that shoes were originally present but, in the absence of metal fasteners or nails, they have rotted away completely in the earth; or that the corpses were buried

Elizabeth Coatsworth and Gale R. Owen-Crocker

, Kent, England Cathedral Bremen, Germany Cathedral Bamberg, Germany Cathedral Cathedral in July the following year for a grand funeral at which many Regalia royal royal and ecclesiastical dignitaries were present; the ceremonies lasted three days. Although the first documented reference to the golden