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Chupicuaro Sculpture of a Standing Woman - PF.0626
Origin: Chupicuaro, Mexico
Circa: 350 BC to 250 BC
Dimensions: 3.5" (8.9cm) high x 1.875" (4.8cm) wide
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta


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The remains of a once vibrant culture are now submerged under a lake. Fortunately, excavations in the 1940's on the site were able to uncover sufficient artifacts to give us an intriguing picture of people who lived there centuries ago. Chupicuaro was the elaborate burial ground of a village above the Lerma River in the state of Guanajuato, eighty miles northwest of the Valley of Mexico. The abundant offerings of pottery, jade, and figurines discovered there attest to a flourishing artistic culture. One of the most endearing types of the clay objects is the small female figures, or 'pretty ladies'. They typically show a naked female with short arms, extended stomach and a fancy coiffure or headdress.

This woman is simply attired in a loincloth and necklace. About her shoulders are signs of ritual scarification. Very likely, the person who placed her in an ancient tomb to keep eternal vigil with the dead was a woman not unlike this. - (PF.0626)

 

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