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Tlatilco Standing Musician - PF.0497
Origin: Central Mexico
Circa: 900 BC to 300 BC
Dimensions: 6.25" (15.9cm) high
Catalogue: V2
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

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Location: United States
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The ancient site of Tlantilco in the valley of Mexico came to light in 1936, during excavations carried out by brick workers digging for clay. While removing the clay in order to make bricks, these workmen discovered a large number of burials, in which were placed delicately modeled figurines, such as this remarkable example. Later excavations in the area, performed by archaeologists, revealed that these burials formed a portion of a very large village, Tlatilco, located west of the Great Lake on a small stream, and settled by about 1200 B.C. The figurines that appear in these ancient burials reveal that they are the most aesthetically satisfying in Ancient Mexico.

This lively fellow beats a small drum held under his arm. His legs are bent as he moves to the rhythm of his music. At first we think he alone can hear what makes him dance, but if we listen carefully, we too begin to sway with the beat. - (PF.0497)

 

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