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Early Visual Communication: Introducing the 6000-Year-Old Buon Frescoes from Teleilat Ghassul, Jordan

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School of Creative Industries, The University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia
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Pella Project, NEAF, SOPHI, A14, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
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Received: 10 May 2019 / Revised: 19 June 2019 / Accepted: 27 June 2019 / Published: 2 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ancient Mediterranean Painting (vol. 1))
The collection of 5th Millennium BCE frescoes from the Chalcolithic (4700–3700 BC) township of Teleilat Ghassul, Jordan, are vital signposts for our understanding of early visual communication systems and the role of art in preliterate societies. The collection of polychrome wall murals includes intricate geometric designs, scenes illustrative of a stratified and complex society, and possibly early examples of landscape vistas. These artworks were produced by specialists using the buon fresco technique, and provide a visual archive documenting a fascinating, and largely unknown culture. This paper will consider the place these pictorial artefacts hold in the prehistory of art. View Full-Text
Keywords: art; frescoes; Teleilat Ghassul; Jordan; preliterate art; chalcolithic; Southern Levant; visual communication; iconography; social hierarchy art; frescoes; Teleilat Ghassul; Jordan; preliterate art; chalcolithic; Southern Levant; visual communication; iconography; social hierarchy
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Drabsch, B.; Bourke, S. Early Visual Communication: Introducing the 6000-Year-Old Buon Frescoes from Teleilat Ghassul, Jordan. Arts 2019, 8, 79.

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