c. 1200-900 BC
Earthenware with 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
Figurines may have been used in performative rituals involving singing, dancing, bloodletting, and burning incense.
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.
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