Female Figurine

Female Figurine

c. 1200-900 BC

Earthenware with pigment

Overall: 10.9 x 4.1 cm (4 5/16 x 1 5/8 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Gruener 1990.144

Fun Fact

Figurines were also made of perishable materials including wood, paper, cloth, rubber, and dough.

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.

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