8 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

Figurillas en contexto(s) en Mesoamérica y los Andes. Nuevas aproximaciones para el estudio holístico de artefactos tridimensionales de arcilla

Scène de figurines, site San Cayetano, GuanajuatoBrigitte Faugère, Projet Tigre-Lerma

El tema tratado en esta sección temática fue originalmente abordado en el simposio n.° 349 “Mesoamerican Figurines in Context. New Insights on Tridimensional Representations from Archaeology” coordinado por Juliette Testard y Brigitte Faugère, durante el 84th Annual Meeting of the...

Juliette Testard y Brigitte Faugère
Jun 2023

Ocultar para mostrar: una revisión de los contextos, cronologías e interpretaciones de las host figurines

In a previous article, a first definition and initial characterization of a cluster of host Teotihuacan figurines was proposed, detecting common features and defining two possible formal groups. In this second phase of the study, the sample has been expanded...

Annabel Villalonga Gordaliza, Natàlia Moragas
Jul 2022

Figurines in context(s) at La Quemada. Production, performance, and discard

This article presents an analysis conducted on the collection of ceramic figurines found at the Epiclassic center of La Quemada, Zacatecas, Mexico, during stratigraphic excavations of the La Quemada-Malpaso Valley Archaeological Project. This corpus (1989-1999) constitutes an essential source of information about...

Marion Forest, Juliette Testard, Elsa Jadot, Ben A. Nelson, Andrea Torvinen
Dec 2021

Sacralidad y plegaria. Una aproximación a los posibles usos y significados de la figurilla Tipo I en el Noroccidente del México prehispánico

Figurine comme image d'accroche de l'article

During a period of approximately three centuries (ca. 600-900 AD), the pre-Hispanic societies of Northwest of Mexico participated in an interaction and exchange network through which artifacts and ideologies flowed (Jiménez Betts and Darling 2000). The so-called Type I figurine (Williams 1974) has been considered...

Laura Solar Valverde
Dec 2021

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