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In Anthropomorphic Imagery in the Mesoamerican Highlands, Latin American, North American, and European researchers explore the meanings and functions of two- and three-dimensional human representations in the Precolumbian communities of the Mexican highlands. Reading these anthropomorphic representations from an ontological perspective, the contributors demonstrate the rich potential of anthropomorphic imagery to elucidate personhood, conceptions of the body, and the relationship of human beings to other entities, nature, and the cosmos.
 
Using case studies covering a broad span of highlands prehistory—Classic Teotihuacan divine iconography, ceramic figures in Late Formative West Mexico, Epiclassic Puebla-Tlaxcala costumed figurines, earth sculptures in Prehispanic Oaxaca, Early Postclassic Tula symbolic burials, Late Postclassic representations of Aztec Kings, and more—contributors examine both Mesoamerican representations of the body in changing social, political, and economic conditions and the multivalent emic meanings of these representations. They explore the technology of artifact production, the body’s place in social structures and rituals, the language of the body as expressed in postures and gestures, hybrid and transformative combinations of human and animal bodies, bodily representations of social categories, body modification, and the significance of portable and fixed representations.
 
Anthropomorphic Imagery in the Mesoamerican Highlands provides a wide range of insights into Mesoamerican concepts of personhood and identity, the constitution of the human body, and human relationships with gods and ancestors. It will be of great value to students and scholars of the archaeology and art history of Mexico.
 
Contributors: Claire Billard, Danièle Dehouve, Cynthia Kristan-Graham, Melissa Logan, Sylvie Peperstraete, Patricia Plunket, Mari Carmen Serra Puche, Juliette Testard, Andrew Turner, Gabriela Uruñuela, Marcus Winter

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title Page, Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Figures
  2. pp. vii-xii
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  1. List of Tables
  2. pp. xiii-2
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  1. Introduction: Gods, Ancestors, and Human Beings
  2. Brigitte Faugere, Christopher S. Beekman
  3. pp. 3-28
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  1. 1. Pretty Face and Naked Body in Context: Meanings and Uses of Chupicuaro Figurines (Guanajuato) during the Late Formative
  2. Brigitte Faugere
  3. pp. 29-67
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  1. 2. Unseating the Shaman: Narrative Performance and Co-Essences in the Hollow Figures of Western Mexico
  2. Christopher S. Beekman
  3. pp. 68-107
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  1. 3. Gender and Paired Ceramic Figures in Late Formative West Mexico
  2. Melissa K. Logan
  3. pp. 108-152
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  1. 4. Sexuality and Regeneration in the Underworld: Earth Sculptures in the Cueva del Rey Kong-Oy, Sierra Mixe, Oaxaca
  2. Marcus Winter
  3. pp. 153-184
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  1. 5. Costumes and Puppets among Cholula’s Early Classic Figurines and the Formation of Social Worlds
  2. Gabriela Urunuela, Patricia Plunket
  3. pp. 185-204
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  1. 6. Unmasking Tlaloc: The Iconography, Symbolism, and Ideological Development of the Teotihuacan Rain God
  2. Andrew D. Turner
  3. pp. 205-237
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  1. 7. The Nature of the Old God of Teotihuacan: Why Would the Old God Be Represented by an Elderly Human Body?
  2. Claire Billard
  3. pp. 238-265
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  1. 8. Epiclassic Figurines of Xochitécatl, Tlaxcala, Mexico: Hypotheses on Their Social Lives and Their Ideological Relevance
  2. Juliette Testard, Mari Carmen Serra Puche
  3. pp. 266-300
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  1. 9. All the Earth Is a Grave: Ancestors and Symbolic Burials at Tula
  2. Cynthia Kristan-Graham
  3. pp. 301-330
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  1. 10. Representing the Human Body in Postclassic Central Mexico: A Study of Proportions and Their Evolution in the Aztec Pictorial Tradition
  2. Sylvie Peperstraete
  3. pp. 331-354
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  1. 11. The Notion of Substitutionin Aztec Kingship
  2. Daniele Dehouve
  3. pp. 355-386
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 387-388
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 389-404
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781607329954
Related ISBN
9781607329947
MARC Record
OCLC
1114270576
Pages
456
Launched on MUSE
2020-02-19
Language
English
Open Access
No
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