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Pre-Columbian / Jalisco Zoomorphic Sculpture - PF.2941
Origin: Western Mexico
Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD
Dimensions: 7.125" (18.1cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta


Location: United States
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This small clay female figure stand with a zoomorphic head, perhaps a mask of a canine. Even tough the figure is shown wi1h such zoomorphic head, it nevertheless shows the late pre-classic Jalisco features such as the elongated head and the use of ear spools indicated by the holes on each side of the head. Found in a shaft tomb, this charming figure was used in a ritual, witnessing the deceased's departure to the underworld. The zoomorphic head suggests such sign of ritual. In Ancient Mexico, some animals, for example canines, had a special ritualistic significance. In addition, the accented breasts and hips show the signs of fertility. This small female figurine, thus, beautifully describes the late pre-classic Meso-American cultural traits and practices. - (PF.2941)

 

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