Pottery with traces of white and red pigment
Overall: 11.2 x 3.7 x 4.2 cm (4 7/16 x 1 7/16 x 1 5/8 in.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Gruener 1990.137
The figure’s broad thighs may express beauty, or perhaps indicate a life stage.
This ceramic figurine—in the style of Tlatilco, an early village site in central Mexico—depicts a female with a headdress or hat and long hair that cascades down her back. Since many figurines from the period depict females, modern interpreters usually connect them to fertility concerns. They also seem to testify to the importance of women among early Mesoamerican cultures.
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