Pre-Columbian Art :
Chupicuaro Art : Chupicuaro Sculpture of a Woman
Chupicuaro Sculpture of a Woman - PF.2230A
Origin: Chupicuaro, Mexico
2.875" (7.3cm) high
x 1.5" (3.8cm) wide
Location: United States
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.
Rendered with a few pinched details of clay, this
figure belongs to a tradition of fertility
goddesses that is almost as civilization itself.
Representing the abundant female form, this
little votive height has been buried in an Ancient
Mexican tomb to assure rebirth and continuity.
She is sister to the near eastern Asterte, the
Egyptian Isis, and the classical Aphrodite. Full of
a timeless and benevolent energy, she represents
the eternally female. No matter what our cultural
background, we are drawn to her ageless power.