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date: 26 February 2020

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This chapter is concerned with the miniature bodies and related objects that populated southeast Europe during the Neolithic. It gives an overview of the themes (overwhelmingly humans, animals, and buildings), the forms (freestanding figurines and models, pendants, and vessels), and the materials employed (most usually clay and stone), and pays particular attention to some regional differences within the area. It is argued that, although the region stands out on the grand scale in terms of the use of miniatures, it shows a significant variation in local practices, and in the role of these objects in the lives of Neolithic people. It is argued that the role of miniatures should be considered not just as derivative of other practices, but equally constitutive of the Neolithic world.

Keywords: Figurines, house models, anthropomorphic, zoomorphic, representation, miniaturism, materiality

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