Feb 22, 2011
Feb 22, 2011

Two-headed Female Figurine

Two-headed Female Figurine

1200-400 BC

Ceramic, pigment

Overall: 9.6 x 4.2 x 1.8 cm (3 3/4 x 1 5/8 x 11/16 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Gruener 1990.141

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Double-headed figurines may reflect the belief that interaction between two basic principles gives rise to the universe.

Description

This ceramic figurine—in the style of Tlatilco, an early village site in central Mexico—depicts a female with two heads and stubby arms. Since many figurines from the period depict females, modern interpreters usually connect them to fertility concerns. Here, however, the physical abnormalities may indicate a relationship with the supernatural realm.

See also
Collection: 
AA - Mesoamerica
Department: 
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture

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