5917 - Palenque Figurines of the Late Classic Western Maya Lowlands

Late Classic Maya residing within the lands to the west of the Usumacinta River participated in a strong tradition involving the use of ceramic figurines. Palenque was the largest polity in the region, serving as a stimulus for what was popular among locally made and imported goods. Similar to other ceramic forms, figurines found in the region reflect varying patterns of internal and external influences from both the east and west areas of the low sierras as well as north towards the Gulf Coast. Whether from the result of excavation histories or an indication of a more pervasive pattern, figurines at Palenque have been found to be compositionally similar to the large elaborately iconographic ritually-charged cylinders used in the burning of incense. This paper draws upon more than 1000 neutron activation and petrographic analyses of the regions' figurines and incensarios to infer manufacturing and distribution patterns and their compositional relationship to other regional ceramics.

Palavras-chaves: Maya, figurines, incensarios, INAA

Autores: Sears, Erin L. (University of Kentucky, Ud States of Am / USA)
Co-Autores: Bishop, Ronald L. (Smithsonian Institution, NMNH, Mechanicsville, Ud States of Am / USA)


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