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Mesoamerican FigurinesSmall-Scale Indices of Large-Scale Social Phenomena$
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Christina T. Halperin, Katherine A. Faust, Rhonda Taube, and Aurore Giguet

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813033303

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813033303.001.0001

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Rethinking Figurines

Rethinking Figurines

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(p.24) (p.25) 2 Rethinking Figurines
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Mesoamerican Figurines
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Joyce Marcus

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813033303.003.0002

Evidence implies that figurines, or images of fellow humans, were able to play a wide variety of roles in different parts of the globe. Earlier studies have taken the Mesoamerican figurines as isolated art objects in which they have been described without taking their social context into account. However, today's scholars have asserted the need to look into the context and into the sequence of behaviors involved in the process of making these figurines. Although the usual figurines that have been found and preserved were made out of stone or pottery, others are known to have been made of other raw materials such as copal, rubber, wood, and paper. As such, this chapter attempts to look into the functional analysis of these figurines.

Keywords:   roles, context, sequence of behaviors, functional analysis, raw materials

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