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Treasures from the sea : sea silk and shellfish purple dye in antiquity

Author: Hedvig Landenius Enegren; Francesco Meo
Publisher: Oxford ; Havertown, PA : Oxbow Books, 2017.
Series: Ancient textiles series, 30.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This interdisciplinary volume presents a collection of 17 papers which treat the current state of research on two marine resources used in ancient textile manufacture, shellfish purple dye and sea silk. Purple dye is extracted from the glands of the mollusks Hexaplex trunculus, Bolinus Brandaris and Stramonita Haemastoma which through a chemical reaction of photosynthesis produces hues ranging from dark red to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Treasures from the sea.
Oxford ; Philadelphia : Oxbow Books, 2017
(DLC) 2017018631
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hedvig Landenius Enegren; Francesco Meo
ISBN: 9781785704352 1785704354
OCLC Number: 982465258
Description: 158 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps (chiefly color) ; 29 cm.
Contents: Introduction / by Hedvig Landenius Enegren and Francesco Meo --
Byssus and sea silk : a linguistic problem with consequences / Felicitas Maeder --
Morphology, properties and microscopical identification of sea silk / Anne Sicken --
Tangled threads : byssus and sea silk in the Bronze Age : an interdisciplinary approach / Elena Soriga and Alfredo Carannante --
Finds of Pinna nobilis, Hexaplex trunculus and evidence for specialised textile production in Aetolian Chalkis / Sanne Houby-Nielsen --
Taras and sea silk / Francesco Meo --
Dal bisso grezzo al filato di bisso = From raw sea silk to byssus thread / Assuntina Pes and Giuseppina Pes --
Dyeing wool and sea silk with purple pigment from Hexaplex trunculus / Inge Boesken Kanold --
Recent advances in the understanding of the chemistry of Tyrian purple production from Mediterranean molluscs / Chris Cooksey --
Mari(ne) purple : Western textile technology in middle Bronze Age Syria / Elena Soriga --
The spread of purple dyeing in the eastern Mediterranean : a transfer of technological knowledge? / Christoph Kremer --
Sacred colours : purple textiles in Greek sanctuaries in the second half of the 1st millennium BC / Cecilie Brøns --
"A Lydian chiton with a purple fringe ..." : the gift of the garment to the Hera of Samos and Hera of Sele / Bianca Ferrara --
Purple for the masses? : shellfish purple-dyed textiles from the quarry workers' cemetery at Strozzacapponi (Perugia/Corciano), Italy / Margarita Gleba, Ina Vanden Berghe, Luana Cenciaioli --
Historical outline and chromatic properties of Purpura rubra Tarentina and its potential identification with purple dye extracted from Bolinus brandaris / Fabienne Meiers --
"Purple wars" : fishing rights and political conflicts concerning the production of marine dyes in Hellenistic Greece / Carmen Alfaro Giner and Francisco Javier Fernández Nieto --
Purpurarii in the western Mediterranean / Benedict J. Lowe.
Series Title: Ancient textiles series, 30.
Responsibility: edited by Hedvig Landenius Enegran and Francesco Meo.

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