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Festival decoration
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1. Occasions and forms

Festival decorations are temporary (ephemeral) artifacts made of materials like wood, plaster, canvas, and papier maché, created only for the duration of a festival. In the literature, the term is subsumed under the concept of festival architecture. Important decorations in the early modern period were primarily made for events of political importance, whether sacred or profane (triumphal entry of a ruler, coronation, mi…

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Spagnolo-Stiff, Anne, “Festival decoration”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 01 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_019214>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180126

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