Performance Politics: Role of Shaft Tomb Figures of Western Mexico in Public Rituals

27th Annual Elizabeth and Lewis K. Land Memorial Lecture:
“Performance Politics: Role of Shaft Tomb Figures of Western Mexico in Public Rituals” – Christopher Beekman,
Ph.D.
Assoc. Professor, Univ. of Colorado, Denver, and Dumbarton Oaks Fellow for 2015-16
Oct. 24, 2015 (10:00 – 12 noon) – Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum
Were pre-Columbian west Mexican ceramic figures originally used for storytelling before live audiences? Were these charming sculptures of shamans, musicians, warriors, families and animals only intended for burial rituals or might they have been kept and used for public performances before being entombed to accompany the deceased? Come hear the newest thinking on these artifacts (200 BC – AD 250) based on recent archaeological excavations and re-examination of museum collections.
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