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Materials of affect: Miniatures in the Scandinavian Late Iron Age (550-1050 AD)
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, Gender Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1549-582X
2013 (English)In: Archaeology After Interpretation: Returning Materials to Archaeological Theory / [ed] Benjamin Alberti, Andrew Meirion Jones, Joshua Pollard, Walnut Creek, Ca: Left Coast Press Inc., 2013Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper discusses Scandinavian gold-foil figures—small human-like figures hammered or cut out of thin foil—from the early part of the Scandinavian Late Iron Age (AD 550—1050) from a relational perspective. Earlier interpretations largely approach them as symbols and representations, which downplays their practical or performative role and results in static or embalmed objects. In this paper I discuss the affective dimensions of the figures, as well as some of the myriad rhizomatic relations that were generated through the processes of manufacture, manipulation, and visual encounter. I will argue that during the Late Iron Age in Scandinavia certain human beings and gold-foil figures were ontological equivalents, and that gold-foil figures go far beyond our contemporary understanding of representations.

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Walnut Creek, Ca: Left Coast Press Inc., 2013.
Keyword [en]
figurines, ontology, scandinavia, late iron age, gender, affect, non-representational theory
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Archaeology
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Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-96436ISBN: 978-1-61132-341-2 (print)ISBN: 978-1-61132-725-0 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-96436DiVA: diva2:665908
Available from: 2013-11-21 Created: 2013-11-21 Last updated: 2017-02-21Bibliographically approved

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