Chupicuaro Terracotta Sculpture of a Woman - PF.5775,Origin: Mexico,Circa: 500 BC to 100 BC,Dimensions: 4.75" (12.1cm) high,Collection: Pre-Columbian,Style: Chupicuaro,Medium: Terracotta. The remains of a once vibrant culture are now submerged under a lake. Fortunately, excavations in the 1940's on the site were able to uncover sufficient artifacts to give us an intriguing picture of people who lived there centuries ago. Chupicuaro was the elaborate burial ground of a village above the Lerma River in the state of Guanajuato, eighty miles northwest of the Valley of Mexico. The abundant offerings of pottery, jade, and figurines discovered there attest to a flourishing artistic culture. One of the most endearing types of the clay objects is the small female figures, or 'pretty ladies'. They typically show a naked female with short arms, extended stomach and a fancy coiffure or headdress.
Ancient Central America & Mexico