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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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Early Olmec Figurines from Two Regions

Early Olmec Figurines from Two Regions

Style as Cultural Imperative

(p.149) 6 Early Olmec Figurines from Two Regions
Mesoamerican Figurines

David Cheetham

University Press of Florida

Looking into the Olmec style of art brings about intense debates among Mesoamerican archaeologists. Certain disagreements are brought about by the meaning of this style particularly in terms of early Mesoamerican cultures and people since the question arises regarding how this style can be connected to the local emulation or the migration of Gulf Olmecs. This chapter attempts to show how the Olmec-style figurines originated from the Gulf Olmec peoples, and it looks into the fact that some of these figurines were found in areas beyond the Gulf. The links associated with these discoveries are said to be related to extreme colonization.

Keywords:   Mesoamerican culture, Olmec-style figurines, Gulf Olmecs, migration, local emulation, colonization

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