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Liquid Metaphors and the Politics of Melted Metal

Stielau, A; (2021) Liquid Metaphors and the Politics of Melted Metal. West 86th , 28 (2) pp. 319-326. 10.1086/721215. Green open access

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Abstract

By recording the physical evidence of metal’s molten transition between forms, gold and silver ingots offer a material foothold on the metaphors of liquidity and flow used to conceptualize the global circulation of precious metal in premodernity. This article examines the human role in making metal liquid and the political stakes of framing melted artifacts historically and museologically by way of an ingot now in Mexico City that was produced from Indigenous gold during the Spanish conquest.

Type: Article
Title: Liquid Metaphors and the Politics of Melted Metal
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1086/721215
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1086/721215
Language: English
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UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of History of Art
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10178297
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