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Gift-Giving and the Production of Art
A look at the role of gift-giving in the production of art in medieval society.
# 144008 | 1,250 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2009 in Art (History)

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The paper discusses what significance gifts and gift giving holds in the minds and politics of medieval society. The paper explains that gift giving strongly influenced the way that art was made because artistic objects were such an integral part of the ritual of the gift- both in giving and acceptance.

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"In the Epic Poem "Beowulf", we see evidence of how poignant and sacred the object and gift was to Anglo-Saxon culture. In the first major battle, Grendel, the monster terrorizing King Hroogar and his people, does not touch his throne for fear of the significance of the object. The throne is supposed to be divinely protected, but Grendel doesn't hesitate to mass murder King Hroogar's people. Unferth gives Beowulf a sword named Hrunting to help combat Grendel's mother, and later King Hroogar gives Beowulf many gifts and a kingly heirloom, another sword named Nagelring. When Beowulf dies and is buried, all his treasures are buried with him in a most..."

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