From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
A cultural icon is an object or person which is distinctive to, or particularly representative of, a specific culture. An example is the bowler hat, which could be considered an English cultural icon.
The labeling of a person or thing as cultural icon can create controversy. The label may elevate the subject out of the realm of the ordinary and interfere with objective analysis.
- Icon (secular)
- Works of art in the collective unconscious
- Replicas of Michelangelo's David
- Popular culture
- National icon