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Materials of Affect: Miniatures in the Scandinavian Late Iron Age (AD 550-1050)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Archaeology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1549-582x
2013 (English)In: Archaeology after interpretation: Returning materials to archaeological theory / [ed] Alberti, Benjamin, Jones, Andrew Meirion and Pollard, Joshua, Walnut Creek, California: Left Coast Press Inc., 2013, p. 325-344Chapter 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 a practice or performative role, and results in static or embalmed objects. In this paper the affective dimensions of the figures are discussed as well as some of the myriad rhizomatic relations that were generated through processes of making, manipulation and visual encounter. It is argued that during the Late Iron Age in Scandinavia certain human beings and gold foil figures were ontological equivalents. It is further argued that ontological equivalence also included other spheres; these were considered equivalent because the same desirable properties of wealth and regeneration were seemingly produced by different technical processes with different materials. Hence the processes of formation were primary, not states of matter. Seen this way gold foil figures go far beyond our contemporary understanding of representations.

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Walnut Creek, California: Left Coast Press Inc., 2013. p. 325-344
Keywords [en]
Gold foil figures, Late Iron Age, Scandinavia affect, relational ontology
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Humanities and the Arts
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Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-418234ISBN: 978-1-61132-341-2 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-418234DiVA, id: diva2:1462841
Available from: 2020-08-31 Created: 2020-08-31 Last updated: 2020-09-07Bibliographically approved

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