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The Butterfly-Solar Complex in West Mexico: Information Transmittal and Design Structure

Author(s): Agapi Filini

Year: 2017

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During the Classic period, butterfly motifs encountered throughout Mesoamerica are indicative of diverse kinds of interaction with the city of Teotihuacan. Highly standardized stuccoed and painted ceramics from the lacustrine region of Michoacán, West Mexico, were used as the principal medium to project a major iconographic theme: the Butterfly-Solar Complex, which was very likely related to a Teotihuacan solar militaristic ideology. Symbolic meanings were encoded in symmetrical panels which adhered to the norm of quadripartition and the use of a specific color code with a definite structural value. It is suggested that design structure prevailed in the process of information transmittal whereas design elements were of lesser importance for the reproduction of these vessels.

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The Butterfly-Solar Complex in West Mexico: Information Transmittal and Design Structure. Agapi Filini. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429471)


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

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Abstract Id(s): 15289

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America