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Classic Maya Figurines as Materials of Socialization: Evidence from Ceibal, Guatemala

MacLellan, Jessica

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Classic Maya Figurines as Materials of Socialization: Evidence from Ceibal, Guatemala
author
MacLellan, Jessica
author
Triadan, Daniela
abstract
We examine Late and Terminal Classic (c. AD 600-950) Maya ceramic figurine whistles from Ceibal, Guatemala, as materials of socialization. The figurines are mold-made and represent repeating characters, including humans, animals, and supernaturals. Based on mortuary and other contextual evidence, we argue that they were used for household performances among adults and children. Figurines were everyday objects, used in ritualized and nonritualized activities. They were played and played with by children. The cast of characters represented in the figurine whistles was determined by adults and tells us about dominant ideologies, including gender and beauty norms. As agents of socialization, children could have reimagined or subverted narratives around these objects. However, the materiality of the figurines limited play and shaped social structures that persisted for centuries.
subject
Mesoamerican archaeology
household archaeology
Maya archaeology
childhood
gender
citation
72 (volume)
date
2023-11-20 (accessioned)
2025-09-21 (available)
2023-09-21 (issued)
identifier
MacLellan, Jessica, and Daniela Triadan. 2023. "Classic Maya Figurines as Materials of Socialization: Evidence from Ceibal, Guatemala." Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 72:101548. (citation)
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/102794 (uri)
identifier
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaa.2023.101548 (doi)
publisher
Elsevier Inc.
rights
Rights: © 2023 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. (license)
source
Journal of Anthropological Archaeology
type
Article

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