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I. Ancient Orient

The forms of expression in ancient Oriental art were reinforced by a marked language of gestures that was especially useful in the communication between mortals and gods as well as between subordinate and higher-ranking persons. In the sacred sphere gestures expressed individual feelings and wishes; in the profane sphere their official information content was foregrounded more strongly. Prayer gestures we…

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Bonatz, Dominik (Berlin), Dominicus, Brigitte (Diersdorf) and Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg), “Gestures”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 28 November 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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