Fertility Goddess

Fertility Goddess

AD 100s


Height: 26.7 cm (10 1/2 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1977.58


Female figures fashioned from terracotta were found at large man-made pools of water in early Buddhist sacred compounds. They indicate the importance of art and rites associated with fertility and childbirth among the Buddhist laity, of which women were a major component. The wreath, small breasts, and gentle modeling of her full-hipped body associate this figure with Greco-Roman imagery.

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