University of Denver, Sturm Hall, Room 453 (4th floor)
2000 East Asbury Avenue
Denver, CO 80208
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.