Plumbate and Imitations

Author(s): Katharine Williams

Year: 2017


Plumbate is a lustrous hard-paste ware characterized by small effigy vessels, some of which bear Central Mexican ideological influences. It was widely traded during the Terminal Classic/Early Postclassic across ethnic, political, and linguistic boundaries. Its widespread distribution and luster mark plumbate as unique among contemporaneous wares. It is sometimes found alongside locally produced wares that bear superficial resemblances, leading to the belief that they are imitations of plumbate. This research focuses on differences between imitation and plumbate wares with the goal of refining established criteria for distinguishing them. A secondary goal of this research is determining the production process of plumbate and both its luster and that of the imitations. In order to do this, compositional data (obtained via electron microprobe analysis) and recovery contexts of imitations and plumbate are compared.

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Plumbate and Imitations. Katharine Williams. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 428798)

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -107.271; min lat: 12.383 ; max long: -86.353; max lat: 23.08 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 14537