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Title: A World in Miniature
Subtitle: Greek Hellenistic Miniature Furniture in Context
Author(s): ADRIANOU, Dimitra
Volume: 82 Issue: 1 Date: 2007
Miniature furniture falls within the study of full-sized furniture and replicas on a much reduced scale. Greek Hellenistic miniature furniture, in particular, forms a small group of objects made mainly of lead and found in domestic, funerary and sacred areas. The precise context is often unknown. Various hypotheses, often influenced by modern habits of furniture use, have been put forward concerning their meaning and production. This study focuses on miniature chairs and tables excavated in Delos, Macedonia, Elis and Euboea and dated to between the 4th and 1st centuries BC. Evidence of miniature furniture in literary and epigraphical texts will be considered. Since there is no unique way of interpreting these artefacts, this study will evaluate their significance on the basis of the evidence available, while also attempting to shed light on aspects of daily- and afterlife.