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The Regalia of Sacred War: costume and militarism at Teotihuacan

Abstract : Throughout Mesoamerica costume and clothing formed an important part of marking identity. At the Classic Period site of Teotihuacan, Mexico, this was further reinforced through artistic representations that submerge the body beneath elaborate costume elements marking an individual’s identity whether that be in terms of profession, gender, or social rank. In this paper, I focus specifically on the costume of the warriors first defining what the important elements of Teotihuacan warrior garb were, followed by a discussion of the copious number of examples from the Maya area. I conclude this paper with a comparison of portraiture traditions in the Maya region and Teotihuacan and argue that a tradition of emblematic portraiture focused on identities portrayed through costume is reflective of the cosmopolitan society of this great Central Mexican city
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Claudia García-Des Lauriers. The Regalia of Sacred War: costume and militarism at Teotihuacan. Americae. European Journal of Americanist Archaeology, CNRS, 2017, Teotihuacan, 2, pp.83-98. ⟨hal-02048550⟩

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