Mimesis and Alterity in Classic Veracruz Ceramic Art

Author(s): Cherra Wyllie

Year: 2017


The relief-carved fine paste wares, figurines, and ceramic sculptures of south-central Veracruz exhibit stylistic similarities often attributed to mass production. Yet, there are few molds in the archaeological record, suggesting that replication hinges on the artist’s understanding of materials, techniques and canons of representation. Looking beyond the southern Gulf lowlands we see certain affinities between Classic Veracruz ceramic art and that of its Mesoamerican neighbors. Barbara Stark notes that ceramic resemblances can be measured on an ordinal scale distinguishing degrees of copying. Using Stark’s metrics of replication, imitation, and adaptation, this paper examines stylistic standardization and emulation both locally and inter-regionally.

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Mimesis and Alterity in Classic Veracruz Ceramic Art. Cherra Wyllie. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430005)


Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 14926