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The Tiny and the Fragmented – Miniature, Broken, or Otherwise Incomplete Objects in the Ancient World - Oxford Scholarship Online
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The Tiny and the Fragmented: Miniature, Broken, or Otherwise Incomplete Objects in the Ancient World

S. Rebecca Martin and Stephanie M. Langin-Hooper


Miniature and fragmentary objects are both remarkably fascinating and easily dismissed. Tiny scale entices users with visions of Lilliputian worlds. The ambiguity of fragments intrigues us, offering vivid reminders of the transitory nature of reality. Yet, the standard scholarly approach to such objects has been to see them as secondary, incomplete things, designed primarily to refer to a complete and often life-sized whole. This volume offers a series of fresh perspectives on the familiar concepts of the tiny and the fragmented, in chapters ranging in focus from Neolithic Europe to Pre-Columb ... More

Keywords: miniaturization, fragmentation, partiality, figurine, materiality, object agency, scale

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190614812
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190614812.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

S. Rebecca Martin, editor
Assistant Professor of Greek Art and Architecture, Boston University

Stephanie M. Langin-Hooper, editor
Assistant Professor and Karl Kilinski II Endowed Chair in Hellenic Visual Culture, Southern Methodist University

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1 In/Complete

S. Rebecca Martin and Stephanie M. Langin-Hooper

4 Divinity in Part or in Full?

S. Rebecca Martin

6 Stronger at the Broken Places

Stephanie M. Langin-Hooper

7 Tiny Bodies for Intimate Worlds

Mireia López-Bertran and Jaime Vives-Ferrándiz

8 Incomplete

Doug Bailey

9 A Response

Margaret Cool Root

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