The Original Performance Piece: The Shaft Tomb Figures of Western Mexico
Sunday, May 17, 2015 - 2:00pm

Location:
University of Denver, Sturm Hall, Room 453 (4th floor)
2000 East Asbury Avenue
Denver, CO 80208
United States

Lecturer: Dr. Chris Beekman 

Anthropomorphic ceramic figures have been looted from shaft and chamber tombs in western Mexico for well over a century, and literally thousands of them exist today in museum collections, not to mention those in the hands of private collectors. The very small number of examples excavated by archaeologists remains a problem for any serious understanding of their significance. Recently however, there has been increasing evidence that the figures had a use-life before being placed in the tombs. This has major implications for our understanding of their uses, their meaning, and their interpretation as visual culture. 

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