The unusual sculptures of Telantunich, Yucatán: Phalli and the concept of masculinity among the ancient Maya

Traci Ardren, David R. Hixson

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Recently discovered sculpture fragments from the area surrounding the important but little-studied site of Telantunich confirm a regional tradition of human portraiture quite distinct from the better-known canon of Maya stelae. Comparative material presented here shows connections between this tradition and a regional emphasis on depictions of masculine sexuality, especially depictions of human phalli. The authors present an analysis of this corpus that confirms that such depictions both reflect Classic Maya conceptions of masculinity and were deployed to convey and reify such conceptions within society.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-25
Number of pages19
JournalCambridge Archaeological Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Archaeology

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