Jun 7, 2017

Textile Fragment with Cotton Goddess

Textile Fragment with Cotton Goddess

800–500 BC

Cotton, pigments

Overall: 34.3 x 36.2 cm (13 1/2 x 14 1/4 in.); Mounted: 39.1 x 41.3 cm (15 3/8 x 16 1/4 in.)

Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2017.56

Location

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The fragment comes from a larger textile, perhaps a ceremonial hanging.

Description

The figure painted on this fragment represents a female deity with a large, fanged mouth. Further fanged heads occur on the chest, legs, feet, waist, and staffs of authority she holds. Edging both the staffs and the top of the head are white cotton bolls that have caused the deity to be dubbed the Cotton Goddess and associated with nature’s fertility.

See also
Collection: 
T - Pre-Columbian
Department: 
Textiles
Type of artwork: 
Textile

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