Everyday Magic: Some Mysteries of the Mantlepiece

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Ralph Mills


Small mass-produced objects, such as ceramic figurines, that may have been displayed on mantelpieces, are found in working-class nineteenth and early twentieth century archaeological contexts. Above the hearth, at the heart of the home, objects located on the mantelpiece could be said to be central in reflecting a number of aspects of the lives of those who placed them there. These could include identity, resistance, memory and superstition.

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Ralph Mills, Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art Design

Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art Design


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