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TWO TLATLICO-MICHOACAN TERRACOTTA VENUS FIGURES Circa 300 B.C. - 300 A.D. Of highly stylised form, the smaller figure wears an elaborate collar, earrings and a twin-coned headdress, her face depicted with oversized almond-shaped eyes, and a triangular nose, 6cm high; the larger figure with two applied bands covering her pudenda, with schematic facial features, (8.1cm high, mounted on a frame) (2) Provenance: French private collection.  Footnotes: First uncovered by archaeological excavations in the 1930s, the function of the female figures of Tlatlico is still broadly unknown. It is possible that they are fertility idols, functioning both to represent fertility in women, but also the idea of new birth for the deceased.

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