The Collapse of Faience Figurine Production at the End of the Middle Kingdom: Reading the History of an Epoch between Postmodernism and Grand Narrative

The Collapse of Faience Figurine Production at the End of the Middle Kingdom: Reading the History... The aim of the article is to trace the history of faience figurines in late Middle Kingdom Egypt, following a metanarrative level of synthesis. Moving from one of the most visible changes in the course of history, the turn from Modernism to Postmodernism, the article defines a key to read the path of faience figurine production from their appearance in the late Middle Kingdom to their disuse at the end of the Second Intermediate Period: changes in the pattern of society correspond to the production of a different material culture and to the abandonment of previous perceptions. Faience figurines represent a diagnostic category of objects defining a specific epoch. Their value as historical signatures is here used to supply a different interpretation for the history of the Second Intermediate Period Egypt, integrating microhistories with bigger pictures, as a combination of Postmodernism and Grand Narratives approaches. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Egyptian History Brill

The Collapse of Faience Figurine Production at the End of the Middle Kingdom: Reading the History of an Epoch between Postmodernism and Grand Narrative

Journal of Egyptian History, Volume 7 (1): 109 – Aug 18, 2014

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Brill
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
Subject
Method and Theory
ISSN
1874-1657
eISSN
1874-1665
DOI
10.1163/18741665-12340015
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Abstract

The aim of the article is to trace the history of faience figurines in late Middle Kingdom Egypt, following a metanarrative level of synthesis. Moving from one of the most visible changes in the course of history, the turn from Modernism to Postmodernism, the article defines a key to read the path of faience figurine production from their appearance in the late Middle Kingdom to their disuse at the end of the Second Intermediate Period: changes in the pattern of society correspond to the production of a different material culture and to the abandonment of previous perceptions. Faience figurines represent a diagnostic category of objects defining a specific epoch. Their value as historical signatures is here used to supply a different interpretation for the history of the Second Intermediate Period Egypt, integrating microhistories with bigger pictures, as a combination of Postmodernism and Grand Narratives approaches.

Journal

Journal of Egyptian HistoryBrill

Published: Aug 18, 2014

Keywords: Late Middle Kingdom; Second Intermediate Period; Faience; Figurines; Postmodernism; Grand Narratives; Burial customs

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