December 18, 2017

New Research into Female Figurines in Ancient Tabasco

Archaeologists at the site of Jonuta in Tabasco which dates to 600-1000 CE have studied over 200 ceramic pieces representing females at the site. Females are shown taking care of children, doing domestic chores, cooking and raising animals. Both elite and ordinary women are shown. A figurine named “The Lady of Jonuta” has a long headdress, and other elite markings. Other pieces are being called “oradoras.” They have raised arms, long skirts, earpieces and bracelets, and loose hair linked to fertility. This representation can be found in ceramics along the Gulf of Mexico coast. Female figurines are also shown as musical instruments such as whistles. The site was probably linked to Palenque for trade. And its goods were also traded to Comalcalco and Jaina.

INAH has the report here (in Spanish) with a good slide show of the ceramics. Scroll down to the little camera icon and click on that to see the slides).

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