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Tlatilco Sculpture of a Pregnant Woman - PF.0644
Origin: Tlatilco, Mexico
Circa: 900 BC to 300 BC
Dimensions: 5.5" (14.0cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta


Location: United States
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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.

Diminutive in size yet powerful, this pregnant woman, her body painted with stripes, is the epitome of fertility. She seems composed completely of flowing lines and soft, fertile contours. - (PF.0644)

 

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