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Valdivian Fertility Goddess - PF.2428
Origin: Ecuador
Circa: 2500 BC to 1500 BC
Dimensions: 5.25" (13.3cm) high x 2.25" (5.7cm) wide
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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Striking in appearance, this pregnant mother goddess is a beautiful example of ancient Ecuadorian ceramic art, a masterpiece that dates back to some of the earliest pottery traditions in the new world. This mother Goddess vibrant image exemplifies the Valdivians remarkable creative efforts, for she expresses a host of universal sensibilities that can be felt and understood by all who experience her. The goddess stands on wide spread conical shaped legs, her bare swollen belly and breasts focusing our rapt attention on her fertile womanliness. Her dramatic hairdo characterizes her as Valdivian while her female attributes at once symbolize the unity of all mankind, for she is a magical symbol of the continuing cycles of life, of wholeness and creativity and universal harmony. This spirited ceramic image is truly a treasure of our global ancestral heritage, linking us with all of nature’s eternal rhythms. Hers is a message that has spoken to humanity for thousands of years. If we listen, we can hear her message still. - (PF.2428)


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