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Rethinking Figurines

Joyce Marcus

in Mesoamerican Figurines

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033303
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039350 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813033303.003.0002
Rethinking Figurines

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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

Chapter.  7634 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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