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SHAFT TOMBS AND FIGURES IN WEST MEXICAN SOCIETY: A REASSESSMENT. Ed. by Christopher S. Beekman and Robert B. Pickering. Gilcrease Museum, University of Tulsa, 2016. Gilcrease Ancient America Series. Published in association with University of Oklahoma Press, Norman. 240 pp. with 113 ills. (74 col.). 32 x 24 cm. ISBN 9780981979991 In English.
Publisher's description: This volume brings together an international team of contributors to reconnect field research on the shaft tombs of western Mexico (ca. 300 B.C.-A.D. 500) with museum-based research on the distinctive human figures for which the region is known. These finely made figures and dioramas have attracted the interest of archaeologists, art historians, and museum curators for over a century because of their expressiveness and rich detail, tempered by the sad fact that most of these objects were looted from shaft and chamber tombs and sold on the wider art market. This volume presents current research reflecting multiple perspectives and using many new techniques for delving into the forms, functions, and meanings of these enigmatic figures. Fourteen insightful chapters present new research in four thematic sections: (1) Case studies: Archaeological and biological studies, (2) Broader perspectives: The contexts of figures and tombs across larger areas, (3) Collections-based research: Natural science or statistical perspectives, and (4) Collections-based research: Visual culture perspectives. In addition, the editors provide a comprehensive historical overview of research on the figures and tombs and a discussion of archaeology's twin evils, looting and faking.
Indexing: Non-Western (Traditional/Native Arts), Native Middle/South America — Mexico — Ceramics, Sculpture — Archaeology
Plans: 71,75,68
Worldwide Number: 082838
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