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By Christina T. Halperin

Rather than view the contours of past due vintage Maya social existence exclusively from towering temple pyramids or elite sculptural varieties, this booklet considers a collection of small anthropomorphic, zoomorphic, and supernatural figurative is still excavated from family refuse deposits. Maya Figurines examines those frequently overlooked items and makes use of them to attract out relationships among the Maya country and its subjects.

These collectible figurines supply a different viewpoint for knowing Maya social and political family; Christina T. Halperin argues that nation politics paintings at the microscale of daily workouts, localized rituals, and small-scale representations. Her entire examine brings jointly archeology, anthropology, and artwork historical past with theories of fabric tradition, functionality, political economic climate, ritual humor, and mimesis to make a desirable case for the position politics performs in way of life. What she reveals is that, by way of evaluating small-scale collectible figurines with state-sponsored, usually large-scale iconography and elite fabric tradition, you can know the way diversified social nation-states relate to and symbolize each other. In Maya Figurines, Halperin compares gadgets from different families, archeological websites, and areas, focusing particularly on collectible figurines from Petén, Guatemala, and evaluating them to fabric tradition from Belize, the northern highlands of Guatemala, the Usumacinta River, the Campeche coastal zone, and Mesoamerican websites outdoors the Maya region. finally, she argues, traditional gadgets will not be easily passive backdrops for vital social and political phenomena. in its place, they functionality as major mechanisms in which energy and social existence are intertwined.

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