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Chupicuaro Terracotta Sculpture of a Mother Giving Birth - PF.3146
Origin: Western Mexico
Circa: 500 BC to 1 AD
Dimensions: 5.75" (14.6cm) high x 8.5" (21.6cm) wide
Catalogue: V15
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Additional Information: SOLD

Location: Great Britain
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This beautiful rarity is an exceptional representation of Mesoamerican art. The creation of life by human birth is a source of great fascination - today as in antiquity. Not only was birth an important event of great concern in every day life, but it also played a major role in the creation accounts of the gods. It was common for an infant at the time of birth to be ritually introduced into some of the most essential truths of human existence, such as the origins, nature, and fate of mankind. The mysteries of gestation and birth were the domain of a particular class of curers. Here, the newborn baby emerging from the mother's womb is symbolically adorned with earspools and cap: royal status at birth entails a future political and religious chieftain. The mirror- bright burnished surface is technically unsurpassed by any Pre-Columbian pottery, and the angular geometric patterns of reddish- orange, black and cream are impressively vivid. The guilloche (an ornament formed by two or more intertwining bands or intersecting lines) and woven-mat patterns are indicative of high rank. Certain experts believe that the potters of Chupicuaro were the true inventors of polychrome in Meso-America. The culmination of this brilliant polychrome tradition and the striking and exceptionally rare subject matter of birth make this an extraordinary masterpiece amongst all art and cultures worldwide. - (PF.3146)


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