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Female Figure

Female Figure

100 BC-700

Earthenware with colored slips

Overall: 28.6 x 13.4 x 10.3 cm (11 1/4 x 5 1/4 x 4 1/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1997.184



This figure, which may once have worn small garments, might be a tomb offering. Her tapered head reflects the practice of cranial shaping, which may identify her social group and serve as a mark of beauty. Her fleshy hips likely refer to human and plant fertility, since food is the source of such bodily wealth. Her identity is unknown.


Cultural Context
Fertility Figure?
See also
AA - Andes
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 

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