Julia Guernsey is Professor in the Department of Art and Art History, College of Fine Arts. J. Guernsey won the 2013 Grand Prize of the Robert W. Hamilton Book Awards for this book.
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This book examines the functions of sculpture during the Preclassic period in Mesoamerica and its significance in statements of social identity. Julia Guernsey situates the origins and evolution of monumental stone sculpture within a broader social and political context and demonstrates the role that such sculpture played in creating and institutionalizing social hierarchies. This book focuses specifically on an enigmatic type of public, monumental sculpture known as the "potbelly" that traces its antecedents to earlier, small domestic ritual objects and ceramic figurines.
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