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Identity and Interaction: Ceramic Styles and Social History of the Ik̓ Polity, Guatemala

Dorie Reents-Budet, Stanley Guenter, Ronald L. Bishop and M. James Blackman

in Motul de San José

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780813041902
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780813043425 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813041902.003.0003
Identity and Interaction: Ceramic Styles and Social History of the Ik̓ Polity, Guatemala

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In this chapter, Dorie Reents-Budet, Stanley Guenter, Ronald L. Bishop, and M. James Blackman present the results of multi-disciplinary analysis of the specialized eighth-century Ik' ceramics that include pottery excavated at Motul de San José and unprovenienced whole vessels, that form the famed Ik' Polychrome Style. By combining the data sets from paste chemical compositional analysis, art historical research and hieroglyphic decipherment, the chapter presents the affairs and international ties of the Late Classic divine rulers of Motul de San José as painted in texts and courtly palace scenes on Ik' Style vases. Prior to ending their lives in tombs and burials, these elaborate polychrome vessels functioned as high status, food service ware and as gifts for guests attending elite-sponsored feasts. These feasts served as an important means to augment social, political, and economic power on the part of the Ik' rulers during the Late Classic.

Keywords: Classic Maya; archaeology; epigraphy; art history; polychrome pottery production; feasting; political history

Chapter.  8307 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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