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Mezcala Basalt Figure - PF.0757
Origin: Western Mexico
Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD
Dimensions: 13.5" (34.3cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Basalt


Location: United States
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Like some primordial spirit, this crouching amorphous figure seems to have escaped from the bowels of the earth. It is natural to associate effigies like this with the Mother Goddess, as if it had sprung directly from her loins. It bears a striking likeness to Chalcholithic idols discovered in the Golan Heights, whose associations are also with fertility. Even if we knew nothing about this piece, our intuition would tell us that it was laden with magic. - (PF.0757)

 

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