ORIGIN: WEST MEXICO
AGE: Ca. 600 - 900 A.D.
SIZE: 4" In height by 2 1/2" in width
DESCRIPTION: A visually mesmerizing solid terra-cotta figure of a woman with her arms folded across her nude chest and a long black braid of hair trailing down her back. She has a deeply incised mouth with full parted lips. Her eyes are also deeply incised slits with a slightly upward tilt. Her only adornment is a set of circular elongated ear pieces. Each is pierced and most likely had further ornamentation suspended below.
There is a slightly abraded area of her bitumen pigmented hair dating back to ancient times and ritual use. There are two schools of thought concerning her posture and demeanor. Some scholars feel that she is no longer living and being prepared for burial. Another hypothesis is that she is in a very deep trance state after ingesting some form of extremely powerful ceremonial drug. Since there are no written records from the period it is up to the viewer to decide. She is one of those small "show stopping" effigies that make you pause and ponder before moving on. A heavy metal stand is included in the sale. After many years as a caretaker I am always struck by her beauty and grace each time I happen to walk by the shelf where she sits safely away from exploring hands.