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Valdivian Fertility Goddess - PF.2431
Origin: Ecuador
Circa: 2500 BC to 1500 BC
Dimensions: 3.75" (9.5cm) high x 1.25" (3.2cm) wide
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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The ceramic traditions in Ecuador are some of the oldest in the New World, revealing surprisingly innovative and creative cultures. This powerful pregnant mother Goddess figure from the Valdivian culture exemplifies the Ecuadorians' remarkable creative efforts, for this Goddess expresses a host of Universal sensibilities that can be felt and understood by all who experience her. She stands with her hands placed gently across her swollen stomach, immediately focusing our rapt attention upon her fertile, womanliness. The creator and protector of life, this expressive mother Goddess reawakens an ancient memory, a primal spirit, a sense of connectedness and belonging. In her we can hear life's never-ending song of birthing, living and dying. She is the great mother, source of perpetual renewal and great joy. Here, her vibrant and spirited ceramic image unites past with present, not only in her powerful role as a mother Goddess but also in her aesthetic ability to please our senses as a beautiful work of ancient art. - (PF.2431)


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