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Miniaturisationis the creation of small objects that resemble larger ones, usually, but notalways, for purposes different to those of the larger original object. Worlds in Miniature brings together researchersworking across various regions, time periods and disciplines to explore thesubject of miniaturisation as a material culture technique. It offers original contribution to the field of miniaturisation throughits broad geographical scope, interdisciplinary approach, and deep understandingof miniatures and their diverse contexts.
Beginningwith an introduction by the editors, which offers one possible guide tostudying and comparing miniatures, the following chapters include studies ofminiature Neolithic stone circles on Exmoor, Ancient Egyptian miniatureassemblages, miniaturisation under colonialism as practiced by the Makah Peopleof Washington State, miniature surf boats from India, miniaturised contemporarytourist art of the Warao people of Venezuela, and dioramas on display in theScience Museum.
Interspersingthe chapters are interviews with miniature-makers, including two miniatureboat-builders at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall and a freelancearchitectural model-maker. Professor Susanne Küchler concludes the volume witha theoretical study summarising the current state of miniaturisation as a researchdiscipline. The interdisciplinary nature of the volume makes it suitable readingfor anthropologists, archaeologists, historians and artists, and forresearchers in related fields across the social sciences.