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The tradition of making female ceramic figurines appeared in Mesoamerica around 1500 AD, in the first agricultural villages and declined at the start of our era, with the rise of more complex and theocratic societies, such as Teotihuacán and Maya. The oldest figurines are from Tlatilco, in the Mexican high plains, followed by the Chupícuaro, in Mesoamericas’s far north. In the southern lowlands, the female figurines sculpted in the Providencia style are larger, jointed and more naturalistic. This latter trait would appear in the figurines of their successors, the Maya.
The figurines represent women with intricate headdresses, short skirts and body paint. Their wide hips, breasts and prominent vulva display their feminine condition, as well as, their obvious fertility. Each one is different, as if inspired by an individual model. They could have been female deities, or simply, women who were worshipped as sources of fertility in association with agricultural cycles.

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Fuente con representación pictórica

Fuente con representación pictórica

Materials: Ceramic

Clásico Tardío 600- 900 d.C.

Measures: 90 mm de alto

Part Code: MCHAP 2609

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Figura antropomorfa masculina

Figura antropomorfa masculina

Materials: Ceramic

Clásico Tardío 600 - 900 DC

Measures: 270 mm de alto x 137 mm de ancho

Part Code: MCHAP 0609

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Figurilla antropomorfa femenina

Figurilla antropomorfa femenina

Materials: Ceramic

Measures: 61 mm de alto

Part Code: MCHAP 0105

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Figurilla antropomorfa femenina

Figurilla antropomorfa femenina

Materials: Ceramic

Measures: 92 mm de alto x 31mm de ancho

Part Code: MCHAP 0106

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Figurilla antropomorfa femenina

Figurilla antropomorfa femenina

Materials: Ceramic

Measures: 74 mm de alto x 46 mm de ancho

Part Code: MCHAP 0112

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Figurilla antropomorfa femenina

Figurilla antropomorfa femenina

Materials: Ceramic

Measures: 82 mm de alto

Part Code: MCHAP 0118

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Figurilla antropomorfa

Figurilla antropomorfa

Materials: Ceramic

Período Preclásico Tardío

Measures: 58 mm de alto x 37 mm de ancho

Part Code: MCHAP 0668

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Figura antropomorfa femenina: mujer embarazada

Figura antropomorfa femenina: mujer embarazada

Materials: Ceramic

Maya Preclásico 500 a.C.- 200 d.C.

Measures: 290mm de alto x 205mm de ancho

Part Code: MCHAP 0848

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Figura antropomorfa femenina y articulada

Figura antropomorfa femenina y articulada

Materials: Ceramic

Preclásico Tardío 600- 500 a.C.

Measures: 280mm de alto x 115mm de ancho

Part Code: MCHAP 2065

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Figurilla antropomorfa femenina

Materials: Ceramic

Preclásico Tardío, 500 a.C.- 200 d.C.

Measures: 180 mm de alto x 80 mm de ancho

Part Code: MCHAP 2105

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