Images and forms before Plato
The carved stone balls of Northeast Scotland
in Images in the making
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This chapter discusses the carved stone balls of Neolithic Scotland. An analysis of the making of carved stone balls using digital imaging methods is presented. This analysis provides a platform for the reassessment of Plato’s well-known approach to art, in which images are considered to be illusory representations. A reflection on carved stone balls as forms generated in-the-making enables us to reconsider the relationship between form and image proposed by Plato. Rather than thinking of form as a ready-made template into which matter is inserted (the Platonic view), we can instead envisage that matter and form are coextensive, and the form and matter take shape through practices of working and engagement.

Images in the making

Art, process, archaeology

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