mid- to late 1800s
Overall: 26 cm (10 1/4 in.)
Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 2003.35
This mother-and-child figure was probably part of a cult concerned with the treatment of infertility. Both her jewelry and her seated pose indicate that the woman occupied a high rank in her community. Her miter-shaped hairstyle, chiseled teeth, and raised body scars--considered to be marks of beauty and perfection--signal that the woman incarnates the founding ancestor of a kinship group.
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