Painted Pottery of Honduras

Object Lives and Itineraries


In Painted Pottery of Honduras Rosemary Joyce describes the development of the Ulua Polychrome tradition in Honduras from the fifth to sixteenth centuries AD, and critically examines archaeological research on these objects that began in the nineteenth century. Previously treated as a marginal product of Classic Maya society, this study shows that Ulua Polychromes are products of the ritual and social life of indigenous societies composed of wealthy farmers engaged in long-distance relationships extending from Costa Rica to Mexico.

Drawing on concepts of agency, practice, and intention, Rosemary Joyce takes a potter's perspective and develops a generational workshop model for innovation by communities of practice who made and used painted pottery in serving meals and locally meaningful ritual practices.
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Biographical Note

Rosemary Joyce, Ph.D. (1985), University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her most recent book is Material Relations: The Marriage Figurines of Honduras, with Julia Hendon and Jeanne Lopiparo (University Press of Colorado, 2013).

Table of contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
Part One: Using Pots
Chapter One: Forming Intentions
Chapter Two: Feasting Families
Chapter Three: Telling Stories
Chapter Four: Honoring Ancestors
Chapter Five: Burying Pots

Part Two: Understanding Fragments
Chapter Six: Collecting Pots
Chapter Seven: Making Time
Chapter Eight: Finding Places
Chapter Nine: Tracing Boundaries
Chapter Ten: Picturing Meaning



All interested in the history of indigenous societies of Mexico and Central America, and in the study by archaeologists of the production, use, and meanings of crafted objects, especially ceramics.


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