4 Publications


The topic discussed in this special issue was originally addressed in the symposium no. 349 “Mesoamerican Figurines in Context. New Insights on Three-Dimensional Representations from Archaeology” chaired by Juliette Testard and Brigitte Faugère, during the 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology (Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA) in 2019. Since then, other researchers have joined the publication project, which allowed to broaden the perspectives and study contexts.

coordinated by Juliette Testard and Brigitte Faugère

Las figurillas mayas de Tabasco, México: contextos y narraciones del Clásico Tardío

Three pre-Hispanic clay figurine traditions have been identified in Tabasco territory. Based on the Jonuta and Comalcalco figurines collections, the evidence suggests that during the Late Classic period there were two styles of anthropomorphic figures: one associated mainly with funerary...

Miriam Judith Gallegos Gómora, Ricardo Armijo Torres
Nov 2021

Llamas and the lordly commitment: an offering context and Recuay camelid imagery at Pashash (ca. 200-600 CE), Ancash, Peru

This essay studies an ancient outlook and system of social relations in which animals were seen not solely as food, but also as beings that intervened mutually in overall social life. For studying how an Andean culture developed when camelids...

George F. Lau
Oct 2021

Figurine ontologies, household ritual assemblages, and gendered concerns at Postclassic Xaltocan, Mexico

This paper explores human engagement with ceramic figurines in household ritual practice at Postclassic Xaltocan (Mexico). Drawing on the ontological turn, figurines are understood to be other-than-human agential entities and momentary orderings of sacred and vital energy that come into...

Lisa Overholtzer
Aug 2021

Figurines and the materiality of ancient Maya humor

Identifying humor in the archaeological record is enormously difficult, if not impossible, since laughter, irony, and fun are highly dependent on contextual circumstances. Nonetheless, it is important to recognize that humor was a part of the past as much as...

Christina T. Halperin
Jun 2021