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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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Honduran Figurines and Whistles in Social Context

Honduran Figurines and Whistles in Social Context

Production, Use, and Meaning in the Ulúa Valley

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Mesoamerican Figurines

Jeanne Lopiparo

Julia A. Hendon

University Press of Florida

A wide collection of ceramic figural artifacts were found during the excavations held at the northwestern Honduras' lower Ulúa valley at five Late to Terminal Classic period sites. To be able to address issues regarding use, production, and social meaning, evidence from large contemporary habitation sites are compared with those of smaller communities. Examining the evidence reveals how there may have been several production locales, that the figurines and whistles had different uses in various ritual events on various social scales, and that the sites were attributed with varied uses and imagery. These artifacts suggest that meaning develops from how participation in social events and practices contribute to how social relations and identities are renewed.

Keywords:   Ulúa valley, Late Classic period, Terminal Classic period, social relations, meaning, social practices and events, imagery, uses

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