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Mesoamerican Figurative Plaques: Elites’ Legitimization Strategies during the Epiclassic Period (600 to 900 a.C).

Author(s): Juliette Testard

Year: 2017

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Few authors have analyzed figurative plaques from Late Classic and Epiclassic contexts even though they are considered as prestigious artefacts and exhibited as prominent pieces in Museum collections all around the world. Several examples from Epiclassic city states of Cacaxtla-Xochitecatl (Tlaxcala) and Xochicalco (Morelos) will be analyzed. Contexts, morphologies and iconographies reveal continuities of socio-political and religious practices with contemporaneous Maya sites. We will propose hypotheses concerning the manufacturing, circulation and functions of these peculiar artefacts. They highlight political strategies of legitimization in which elites are represented as mediators between different beings both human and non-human.


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Mesoamerican Figurative Plaques: Elites’ Legitimization Strategies during the Epiclassic Period (600 to 900 a.C).. Juliette Testard. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429720)


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Mesoamerica


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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): 15972

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