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Author : S. Rebecca Martin Pages : 248 pages Publisher : Oxford University Press Language : eng ISBN-10 : 0190614811 ISBN-13 : 9780190614 812

The Tiny and the Fragmented: Miniature, Broken, or Otherwise Incomplete Objects in the Ancient World Min iatu re and frag me nta ry obj ect s are bot h eye -


cat chi ng and yet easi ly dis mis sed . Tin y scal e enti ces use rs wit h visi ons of Lilli puti an wor lds. The am big uity of frag me nts intr igu es us, offe


ring tact ile rem ind ers of real ity' s tra nsi enc e. Yet, the sta nda rd sch olar ly app roa ch to suc h obj ect s has bee n to see the m as sec ond ary, inc


om plet e thin gs, wh ose prin cip al pur pos e was to refe r to a co mpl ete and ofte n lifesize wh ole. The Tin y and the Fra gm ent ed offe rs a seri es of


fres h per spe ctiv es on the fam iliar con cep ts of the tiny and the frag me nte d. Wri tte n by a pre stig iou s gro up of inte rna tion ally accl aim ed


sch olar s, the vol um e pre sen ts a rem ark abl e div ersi ty of cas e stu die s tha t ran ge fro m Neo lithi c Eur ope to pre Col om bia n Hon


dur as to the clas sica l Me dite rra nea n and anc ient Nea r Eas t. Eac h sch olar tak es a diff ere nt app roa ch to issu es of min iatu riza tion and frag


me nta tion but is unit ed in con sid erin g the littl e and bro ken thin gs of the pas t as obj ect s in thei r ow n righ t. Wh eth er a lifesize or wh ole thin


g is ma de in a scal eddo wn for m, deli ber atel y bro ken as par t of its use , or onl y con sid ere d suc ces sful in the eye s of anc ient use rs if it sho ws


so me sig ns of we ar, it cha llen ges our exp ect atio ns of rep res ent atio n and wh ole nes s, of wh at it me ans for a wor k of art to be "fini she


d" and "aff ecti ve. " Ove rall, The Tin y and the Fra gm ent ed de ma nds a rec ons ider atio n of the soci al and con text ual nat ure of min iatu riza tion , frag


me nta tion , and inc om plet ene ss, ma kin g the cas e tha t it was bec aus e of, rat her tha n in spit e of, thei r sm all or par tial stat e tha t the


se obj ect s wer e val ued par ts of the per son al and soci al wor lds the y inh abit ed. The Tiny and the Fragmented: Miniature, Broken, or Otherwise Incomplete Objects in the Ancient World

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The Tiny and the Fragmented: Miniature, Broken, or Otherwise Incomplete Objects in the Ancient World  

The Tiny and the Fragmented: Miniature, Broken, or Otherwise Incomplete Objects in the Ancient World

The Tiny and the Fragmented: Miniature, Broken, or Otherwise Incomplete Objects in the Ancient World  

The Tiny and the Fragmented: Miniature, Broken, or Otherwise Incomplete Objects in the Ancient World

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