The Empire of Death : A Cultural History of Ossuaries and Charnel Houses
by Paul Koudounaris


Overview - The sites in this specially photographed and brilliantly original study range from the Monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Palermo, where the living would visit mummified or skeletal remains and lovingly dress them; to the Paris catacombs; to fantastic bone-encrusted creations in Austria, Cambodia, the Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Italy, Peru, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, and elsewhere Paul Koudounaris photographed more than seventy sites for this book.  Read more...

 
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Overview
The sites in this specially photographed and brilliantly original study range from the Monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Palermo, where the living would visit mummified or skeletal remains and lovingly dress them; to the Paris catacombs; to fantastic bone-encrusted creations in Austria, Cambodia, the Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Italy, Peru, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, and elsewhere Paul Koudounaris photographed more than seventy sites for this book. He analyzes the role of these remarkable memorials within the cultures that created them, as well as the mythology and folklore that developed around them, and skillfully traces a remarkable human endeavor.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780500251782
  • ISBN-10: 0500251789
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publish Date: October 2011
  • Page Count: 224
  • Dimensions: 12.2 x 9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds


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