Two-headed Female Figurine

Two-headed Female Figurine

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


Fun Fact

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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