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dc.contributor.advisorDijk, Ann Karin van, 1966-en_US
dc.contributor.authorLee, Ashley A.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-08-02T21:16:06Z
dc.date.available2017-08-02T21:16:06Z
dc.date.issued2014
dc.identifier.urihttp://commons.lib.niu.edu/handle/10843/17716
dc.descriptionAdvisors: Ann van Dijk.en_US
dc.descriptionCommittee members: Sinclair Bell; Jeff Kowalski.en_US
dc.description.abstractIt has been suggested by scholars that small portable objects from the early Byzantine period with the image of the Annunciation may have been used as fertility amulets, but none have examined this in detail. This thesis is the first detailed investigation of the possibility that six sardonyx cameos from sixth-seventh century Constantinople functioned as Christian fertility amulets. I propose that the cameos developed from the late antique tradition of gynecological amulets and could have been used as fertility amulets by women. The cameos emphasize Mary's position as a role model for women and encourage an act of mimesis. This study shows the contrast between the condemnation of amulets and magic by Church authorities and the approved use of gemstones as well as the survival of Pre-Christian beliefs concerning them.en_US
dc.format.extent102 pagesen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherNorthern Illinois Universityen_US
dc.rightsNIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.en_US
dc.subject.lcshMary, Blessed Virgin, Saint--Arten_US
dc.subject.lcshAmuletsen_US
dc.subject.lcshArt, Byzantineen_US
dc.subject.lcshArt historyen_US
dc.subject.lcshMedieval historyen_US
dc.subject.lcshByzantine Empire--Religious life and customsen_US
dc.titleMagic, mimesis, and the Annunciation to Mary : six early Byzantine cameos and the Late Antique tradition of medical amuletsen_US
dc.typeTexten_US
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Art and Designen_US
dc.description.degreeM.A. (Master of Arts)en_US


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