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Mayan Sculpture of a Seated Woman - PF.3724
Origin: Guatemala
Circa: 500 AD to 900 AD
Dimensions: 5.25" (13.3cm) high x 2.75" (7.0cm) wide
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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Fashioned in a simplistic yet elegant manner, this woman symbolizes fertility, while using the minimum of anatomy. As she sits before us gently caressing her distended abdomen, we realize that her mouth is slightly ajar, and the red clay accentuates her presence. She seems a young woman with simple jewelry and perhaps simple and happy life. Through the artist’s skill, her features seem flawless in their simplicity, and we begin to realize her magic and power as her creator did so many years ago. Though we have few fertility symbols in today’s culture, their abundance in previous cultures meant a strong belief in their powers, and as she quietly sits, we too can begin to see and feel the power that emanates from her. - (PF.3724)


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