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Ixtlán del Rio Style Nayarit Terracotta Sculpture of a Woman Holding a Bowl - PF.3518
Origin: Nayarit, Mexico
Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD
Dimensions: 6.75" (17.1cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: UAE
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This woman with one hand on her knee, and one clutching a bowl on her shoulder, looks as if she is contemplating the world around her. She is wearing a beautiful skirt that is decorated with a geometric design. Her femininity is defined through the beautifully sculpted body, and the careful attention to details in the hair, the jewelry, and the fingers. Her youthful face is delicate, with her almond-shaped eyes open to the world around her, and her open mouth as if she is talking directly to us. She rests her head on her knee, as if she is pondering the world around her. Recognizing that this work of art suggests the cherished concept of womanhood, it is a delightful representation of a fertility goddess used in ceremonial rituals. In addition, the tremendous amount of jewelry she is adorned with denotes how important she must have been in this culture. There are multiple ear ornaments surrounding her youthful face, bracelets that lay high on her slender arms, and a nose ring. The artist of this work communicates every minute detail of the human anatomy, as seen through the careful depiction of vertebrae. The bowl resting on her shoulder suggests a place where offerings were made to her, and to the spirits above her. This breathtaking piece powerfully represents the Mexican culture through symbolism and the composition of the form. - (PF.3518)


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