By Christina T. Halperin

Rather than view the contours of past due vintage Maya social lifestyles exclusively from towering temple pyramids or elite sculptural varieties, this e-book considers a set of small anthropomorphic, zoomorphic, and supernatural figurative continues to be excavated from family refuse deposits. Maya Figurines examines those usually missed gadgets and makes use of them to attract out relationships among the Maya nation and its subjects.

These collectible figurines supply a special standpoint for figuring out Maya social and political kin; Christina T. Halperin argues that kingdom politics paintings at the microscale of daily workouts, localized rituals, and small-scale representations. Her finished research brings jointly archeology, anthropology, and paintings background with theories of fabric tradition, functionality, political financial system, ritual humor, and mimesis to make a desirable case for the position politics performs in everyday life. What she unearths is that, through evaluating small-scale collectible figurines with state-sponsored, usually large-scale iconography and elite fabric tradition, you can actually know how diversified social geographical regions relate to and signify each other. In Maya Figurines, Halperin compares gadgets from various families, archeological websites, and areas, focusing specifically 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 region, and Mesoamerican websites outdoor the Maya area. eventually, she argues, usual items aren't easily passive backdrops for very important social and political phenomena. as a substitute, they functionality as major mechanisms in which strength and social lifestyles are intertwined.

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