Pottery with white and red pigment
Overall: 12.6 x 5.3 x 3.2 cm (4 15/16 x 2 1/16 x 1 1/4 in.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Gruener 1990.140
While many figurines are nude, they were likely dressed in perishable clothing and accessories.
This ceramic figurine—in the style of Tlatilco, an early village site in central Mexico—depicts a female with an enigmatic motif incised on the back of her head and substantial traces of red and white pigment. Since many figurines from the period depict females, modern interpreters usually connect them to fertility concerns. They also seem to testify to the importance of women among early Mesoamerican cultures.
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