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

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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.

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    Bauman, Intimations of Postmodernity, 188. Issues of gender, race, ethnicity, class, which in the previous time played a small role, gradually found a place in the debate on post-modernism and eventually came to constitute one of its major themes, Bertens, The Idea of the Postmodern, 74.

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    Sherratt, “Reviving the grand narrative,” 10–11.

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    Priestland, “Eric Hobsbawn was right,” 24.

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    Sherratt, “Reviving the grand narrative,” 2.

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