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Worlds in Miniature: Contemplating Miniaturisation in Global Material Culture

Davy, J and Dixon, C (Eds). (2019) Worlds in Miniature: Contemplating Miniaturisation in Global Material Culture. [Book]. UCL Press: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

Miniaturisation is the creation of small objects that resemble larger ones, usually, but not always, for purposes different to those of the larger original object. Worlds in Miniature brings together researchers working across various regions, time periods and disciplines to explore the subject of miniaturisation as a material culture technique. It offers original contribution to the field of miniaturisation through its broad geographical scope, interdisciplinary approach, and deep understanding of miniatures and their diverse contexts. Beginning with an introduction by the editors, which offers one possible guide to studying and comparing miniatures, the following chapters include studies of miniature Neolithic stone circles on Exmoor, Ancient Egyptian miniature assemblages, miniaturisation under colonialism as practiced by the Makah People of Washington State, miniature surf boats from India, miniaturised contemporary tourist art of the Warao people of Venezuela, and dioramas on display in the Science Museum. Interspersing the chapters are interviews with miniature-makers, including two miniature boat-builders at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall and a freelance architectural model-maker. Professor Susanne Küchler concludes the volume with a theoretical study summarising the current state of miniaturisation as a research discipline. The interdisciplinary nature of the volume makes it suitable reading for anthropologists, archaeologists, historians and artists, and for researchers in related fields across the social sciences.

Type: Book
Title: Worlds in Miniature: Contemplating Miniaturisation in Global Material Culture
ISBN-13: 9781787356481
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14324/111.9781787356481
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781787356481
Language: English
Additional information: Text © Contributors, 2019 Images © Contributors and copyright holders named in the captions, 2019 A CIP catalogue record for this book is available from The British Library. This book is published under a Creative Commons 4.0 International license (CC BY 4.0).This license allows you to share, copy, distribute and transmit the work; to adapt the work and to make commercial use of the work providing attribution is made to the authors (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work). Attribution should include the following information: Davy, J. and Dixon, C. (eds.). 2019. Worlds in Miniature: Contemplating Miniaturisation in Global Material Culture. London: UCL Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.14324/111. 9781787356481 Further details about Creative Commons licenses are available at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/ Any third-party material in this book is published under the book’s Creative Commons license unless indicated otherwise in the credit line to the material. If you would like to re-use any third-party material not covered by the book’s Creative Commons license, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright holder
Keywords: anthropology, archaeology, miniatures
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10077440
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