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Elaborately robed in patterned textiles and wearing a turban encrusted with tiny jewels, an ebony figurine dangles a hanging lamp from his outstretched arm. Another figure is harder at work: Bare-chested and gleaming, he balances a tabletop on his back, his ample biceps securing it in place. These are Blackamoors—a trope in Italian decorative art especially common in pieces of furniture, but also appearing in paintings, jewelry, and textiles. The motif emerged as an artistic response to the European encounter with the Moors—dark-skinned Muslims from North Africa and the Middle East who came to occupy various parts of Europe during the Middle Ages. Commonly fixed in positions of servitude—as footmen or waiters, for example—the figures personify fantasies of racial conquest. Unlike their American counterparts, which focus mostly on romanticizing scenes from the era of slavery, these European ornaments often depict black bodies as exotic noblemen. So how does a forward-thinking, global university like NYU respond to the discovery that the 34 Blackamoors now in its possession form the largest of any known public or private collection?
The intimacy of this clay sculpture is unprecedented in the ancient world. What can it tell us about Etruscan culture? Sarcophagus of the Spouses , c.
Subscriber Account active since. From Jericho, the oldest known city in the world, to Tokyo, the largest city today, cities have served as centers for commerce, technology, education, and culture. And cities are continuing to grow to new heights. In , there were two rural dwellers for every city dweller in the world. But as the biggest wave of urbanization in human history continues, more than half of the world's population now lives in urban centers.