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Female Figurine

c. 1200–900 BCE
Overall: 10.9 x 4.1 cm (4 5/16 x 1 5/8 in.)
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Description

This ceramic figurine—in the style of Tlatilco, an early village site near Mexico City—depicts a nude female with an elaborate coiffure, attenuated arms, and the traces of mineral pigment. Since many figurines from the period depict females, modern interpreters usually connect them to fertility concerns. At Tlatilco, figurines were found in human burials that had been placed under the floors of homes.
Female Figurine

Female Figurine

c. 1200–900 BCE

Mesoamerica, Central Mexico, Tlatilco

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