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18:30 - 19:30 18 March 2015
Among the Maya: Female slaves from Jaina to Malinche
Archaeology Room 612 |
UCL Institute of Archaeology
31–34 Gordon Square | London | WC1 | United Kingdom
Mary Miller, Sterling Professor of Art, Yale University
Malinche, also known as Doña Marina, is the woman who translated for Cortés on his march to Tenochtitlan and became his mistress and companion. Jaina is an island off the coast of Campeche where a range of many remarkable figurines have been found, largely in ancient Maya burials.
Malinche spent her adolescence as a slave, and the conquest-period documents that record her story contain information on women and practices of enslavement that reveal themselves in dress and in aspects of adornment. Prof Miller will look closely at the depictions of women, both young and old, and give special attention to the remarkable figurines from Jaina Island. She will also include information from the latest excavations carried out by Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia.
Prof Elizabeth Graham
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