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Tlatilco Sculpture of a Seated Woman - PF.2378
Origin: Central Mexico
Circa: 1150 BC to 550 BC
Dimensions: 8.25" (21.0cm) high x 4.75" (12.1cm) wide
Catalogue: V11
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

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The ancient site of Tlantilco in the valley of Mexico came to light in 1936, during excavations carried out by brick workers digging for clay. While removing the clay in order to make bricks, these workmen discovered a large number of burials, in which were placed delicately modeled figurines, such as this remarkable example. Later excavations in the area, performed by archaeologists, revealed that these burials formed a portion of a very large village, Tlatilco, located west of the Great Lake on a small stream, and settled by about 1200 B.C. The figurines that appear in these ancient burials reveal that they are the most aesthetically satisfying in Ancient Mexico.

With chubby legs spread wide and arms outstretched, this female figure appears to be in the delightful throes of youthful, and exuberant expression. Her wide, slanted eyes gaze out at the large world, while a delicately carved mouth and nose complete the girl's expressive face. A tall headdress extends upward as if reaching to the heavens. Surely the heavens can hear her laughter, and so might we- -if we only listen closely. - (PF.2378)


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