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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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Formative Period Gulf Coast Ceramic Figurines

Formative Period Gulf Coast Ceramic Figurines

The Key to Identifying Sex, Gender, and Age Groups in Gulf Coast Olmec Imagery

(p.76) (p.77) 4 Formative Period Gulf Coast Ceramic Figurines
Mesoamerican Figurines

Billie J. A. Follensbee

University Press of Florida

Compared to examining gender, age groups, social political structures, and other such concepts of ancient cultures, looking into how these concepts are incorporated in Gulf Coast Olmec material culture is especially difficult because no ethnohistoric or ethnographic resources, as well as hieroglyphic or pictographic texts, are available. Since the area is a tropical rainforest environment, only the Formative period glyphs that are made of ceramic and stone survive. The handmade ceramic figurines are found to be the most common form of Olmec sculpture, and these have to be thoroughly examined in order to arrive at an adequate understanding of these cultures. Looking into the iconography attributed to these ancient sculptures may help us to gage relevant insights into imagery. This chapter attempts to focus on how the imagery reveals sex, gender, and age groups.

Keywords:   Gulf Coast Olmec, imagery, handmade ceramic figurines, iconography, sex, gender, age group

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