Wrapped in images: body metaphors, petroglyphs and landscape in the island world of Rapa Nui (Easter Island)

C. Richards, K Croucher

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Abstract

This innovative volume challenges contemporary views on material culture by exploring the relationship between wrapping materials and practices and the objects, bodies, and places that define them. Using examples as diverse as baby swaddling, Egyptian mummies, Celtic tombs, lace underwear, textile clothing, and contemporary African silk, the dozen archaeologist and anthropologist contributors show how acts of wrapping and unwrapping are embedded in beliefs and thoughts of a particular time and place. Employing methods of artifact analysis, microscopy, and participant observation, the contributors provide a new lens on material culture and its relationship to cultural meaning.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWrapping and Unwrapping Material Culture
Subtitle of host publication Archaeological and Anthropological Perspectives
EditorsS Harris, L. Douny
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter12
Pages209-228
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9781611328875
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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