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Pre-Columbian Art / Colima Terracotta Sculpture of a Seated Man - PF.2052
Origin: Colima, Mexico
Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD
Dimensions: 8.375" (21.3cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta


Location: United States
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With arms stretched back to support the body weight and short legs extended forwards, this figure is in a position to best announce his erect phallus. He wears a type of pant reaching to the knees, he is bare chested and his head is covered by a peaked 'soft' cap with sides extending over the shoulders and back. The features of his face are somewhat baby-like, the rounded eyes have vivid pupils, the mouth is small and fleshy. Fertility figures are very common in many cultures, adopting various forms to express a single theme. Was this particular individual a priest of a fertility cult or simply an erotic figure? Such questions, whether answerable or not, adds mystery to this intriquing work of art. - (PF.2052)

 

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