Ameca-Ezatlán Style Jalisco Terracotta Sculpture of a Kneeling Woman - PF.3509
Origin: Jalisco, Mexico
Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD
Dimensions: 10.75" (27.3cm) high x 5.75" (14.6cm) wide
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Style: Ameca-Ezatlán
Medium: Terracotta


This powerful nude woman sits staring straight ahead with her mouth open as if she is speaking. This sculpture is full of energy and movement seen through the curvilinear forms of the body (such as the arms and ears). The hues of orange and creme effectively show how powerful this woman is within her community. Her large legs support her with perfect balance as she radiates with the feeling of fecundity like the great fertility goddesses from the Ancient Old World. Representing the cherished concept of fertility and birth, it is possible that the sculpture was a part of a fertility ritual. Her nakedness suggests her royalty, because peasants were the only people who wore clothes while they worked. The headdress she wears sits royally on the crown of her head. Clearly she must be someone used to the authority and privilege of power. The language and energy of this figure comes across with such force that it summons our undevoted attention. This delicate sculpture delights our eyes and also leads us to understand that the magic of birth was cherished across all cultures and time. - (PF.3509)



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