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Aztec Squatting Female - PF.3200
Origin: Mexico
Circa: 1300 AD to 1500 AD
Dimensions: 15.5" (39.4cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Stone


Location: United States
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This magnificent sculpture of a woman comes from post-classic period Aztec culture, the once powerful civilization in Mexico. Aztec art was primarily ecclesiastical and is renowned for its powerful nature. Although the identity of this stone sculpture of a squatting female is uncertain, the powerful physical presence and visual quality emanating from the sculpture is like that of sculptures of Aztec Goddesses. She sits in a squatting position with her hands on each side of her chest. With her mouth wide open, her beautiful face reveals a strong emotional affect. Moreover, her hair and headdress is elaborately sculpted to accentuate her femininity. As we look into this artwork of Aztec culture, we wonder what or whom the artist intended to sculpt. Could she possibly be a Goddess relating to birth or rebirth, like the powerful goddesses like Coyolxauhqui (an avatar of the moon) and Coatlicue (the serpent skirt) that Ancient Meso-Americans worshipped? Though we may not know her identity for sure, the magnificent energy and presence of this sculpture is still so strong. - (PF.3200)

 

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