Maya Figurines: Intersections between State and Household by Christina T. Halperin

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 collection of small anthropomorphic, zoomorphic, and supernatural figurative is still excavated from loved ones refuse deposits. Maya Figurines examines those usually overlooked items and makes use of them to attract out relationships among the Maya country and its subjects.

These collectible figurines offer a different point of view for realizing Maya social and political relatives; Christina T. Halperin argues that country politics paintings at the microscale of daily workouts, localized rituals, and small-scale representations. Her complete examine brings jointly archeology, anthropology, and artwork historical past with theories of fabric tradition, functionality, political financial system, ritual humor, and mimesis to make a desirable case for the function politics performs in lifestyle. What she reveals is that, through evaluating small-scale collectible figurines with state-sponsored, usually large-scale iconography and elite fabric tradition, you could know the way diversified social nation-states relate to and signify each other. In Maya Figurines, Halperin compares gadgets from diversified 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 sector, and Mesoamerican websites outdoor the Maya sector. eventually, she argues, usual gadgets should not 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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Thus, for him, the state was not just the government or the workings of an elite few but was also equated with civil society itself. Michel Foucault also viewed modern power relations and the dissemination of state ideologies as diffuse, although he placed more emphasis on bodily performances (Foucault 1977, 1980). The state is embodied in the workings of everyday life, practices structured by the spatial arrangements of prisons, schools, and hospitals and by the timetables of modern industrial life.

For example, Jeffrey Blomster (2009) finds that differences in figurine styles from Etlatongo, Oaxaca, Mexico, both reflected and promoted gender and ethnic identities that were integral in legitimizing increasing social and political hierarchies during the Early Preclassic period. Some of the principal forms were solid male and female figurines produced with local stylistic conventions and hollow, ambiguously gendered figurines produced using foreign stylistic conventions. In comparison with an earlier phase in which figurines were depicted predominately as females, a new visual distinction among male, female, and ambiguously gendered figures brought new social discourses to the fore at the end of the Early Preclassic period.

2004). On a more intimate level, stone monuments were more than just durable signifiers of political power; arguably, they formed extensions of royal personhood. ” Beyond iconic representations of political leaders, state power is also commonly equated with public architecture, palace complexes, large-scale agricultural and road systems, and objects produced with large sums of labor (DeMarrais et al. 1996; Flannery 1999). Political leaders and institutions are deemed responsible for the knowledge behind and mobilization of such elaborate works.

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