Painting as agency, style as structure: Innovations in mimbres pottery designs from southwest New Mexico

Michelle Hegmon, Stephanie Kulow

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Abstract

The act of painting a design is a form of agency, and the overall style of that design in part can be conceptualized as a kind of structure. This perspective is used as a basis for analyzing chronological changes in designs on Mimbres Black-on-white pottery (ca. AD 750-1150) from Southwest New Mexico. Specific focus is on a methodology that can be used to detect innovations, that is, the introduction of novel designs that are incorporated into the design corpus and thus transform the structure. The conceptualization of a particular tradition (in this instance, pottery painting) as a form of structure analogous to general structure in Giddens' sense thus provides important insights into the recursive relationship between agency and structure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)313-334
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Archaeological Method and Theory
Volume12
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005

Keywords

  • Agency
  • Innovation
  • Mimbres
  • Pottery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology

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