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Mesoamerican Figurines: Small-Scale Indices of Large-Scale Social Phenomena

Christina T. Halperin, Katherine A. Faust, Rhonda Taube, and Aurore Giguet


Figurines are among the most abundant class of artifacts known in the vast Mesoamerican culture. This volume examines these figurines from the Olmec to the Aztec civilizations. These small, often ceramic objects are commonly found at many archaeological sites. They appear in the shape of humans, supernatural beings, animals, and buildings. This book brings together many scholars of art history, archaeology, ethnohistory, anthropology, and social theory to analyze these objects by their stylistic attributes, archaeological content, function, and meaning. Because of their variety and number, fig ... More

Keywords: figurines, artifacts, Mesoamerican, Olmec, Aztec, archaeological

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780813033303
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813033303.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christina T. Halperin, editor
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Katherine A. Faust, editor

Rhonda Taube, editor

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1 Approaching Mesoamerican Figurines

Katherine A. Faust, and Christina T. Halperin

Part I Context and Practice

2 Rethinking Figurines

Joyce Marcus

3 Honduran Figurines and Whistles in Social Context

Jeanne Lopiparo, and Julia A. Hendon

Part II Social Identities

5 Identity, Gender, and Power

Jeffrey P. Blomster

Part III Cultural Aesthetics

7 Crafting the Body Beautiful

Geoffrey G. McCafferty, and Sharisse D. McCafferty

9 The Beautiful, the Bad, and the Ugly

Rhonda Taube, and Karl Taube

Part IV Embodiment

11 Alien Bodies, Everyday People, and Hollow Spaces

Elizabeth M. Brumfiel, and Lisa Overholtzer

Part V State and Household Relations

12 Sex in the City

Cecelia F. Klein, and Naoli Victoria Lona

Part VI Discussion

14 Making a World of Their Own

Rosemary A. Joyce

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