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Between art and artifact : archaeological replicas and cultural production in Oaxaca, Mexico

Author: Ronda L Brulotte
Publisher: Austin : University of Texas Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Oaxaca is internationally renowned for its marketplaces and archaeological sites where tourists can buy inexpensive folk art, including replicas of archaeological treasures. Archaeologists, art historians, and museum professionals sometimes discredit this trade in "fakes" that occasionally make their way to the auction block as antiquities. Others argue that these souvenirs represent a long cultural tradition of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ronda L Brulotte
ISBN: 9780292737792 0292737793 9780292737808 0292737807
OCLC Number: 761844970
Description: xvii, 215 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Between art and artifact : the skull of Benito Judrez --
A wood-carving community : family photo --
Arrazola's other craft : to the top of Monte Albán --
Crafting the past in the present : views from the pyramid --
Replicating authenticity, authenticating replicas : rediscriminating tastes --
Replicas and the ambiguity of race and indigeneity --
Why fake jaguar gods matter.
Responsibility: Ronda L. Brulotte.

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An innovative ethnographic study of tourist art markets in Oaxaca, Mexico, where making and selling replicas of pre-Hispanic archaeological pieces is sometimes met with disdain, despite the artisanal  Read more...

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