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Mother and Child Figures

300 BC - 200 CE
12 x 5 1/2 x 5 in. (30.5 x 14 x 12.7 cm)

Unknown, Chupícuaro
Mexican

Object Type: Ceramics
Medium and Support: Clay, pigments
Credit Line: General Acquisitions Fund
Accession Number: 1982.50
Location: Currently on view
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This mother and child may symbolize continuity and legitimacy of the family line. Women were identified with and valued for their role as progenitor; hence this figure’s suitability for reproduction is emphasized in a generous belly and bulbous hips. Reinforcing powerful associations between women, fertility, food and the earth, Chupicuaro burials contained many ceramic food vessels and female figures.
[Gallery label text, 2009]

Provenance
Oxford Gallery, Rochester, NY; purchased from them by the Gallery in 1982

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