Illustration principale
Pretty Lady
Tlatilco, Central Mexico, 1250-800 BC

Clay, pigment
Height : 15,7 cm


Provenance : Private collection, New Orleans

Publication : "KunstKammer"
(M. Doustar, 2017), n°86
Tlatilco is a small farming community on the fringes of Mexico city that gave its name in the late 1930's to an important precolumbian culture that already settled in the Early Preclassic Period (ca.2000-1200 BC) and flourished in the Valley of Mexico between 1250-800 BC, during the Meso-American Middle Formative period.
Depicting females with large heads, small waists, and prominent hips, these hand modeled sculptures present a fairly standardized body type and are typically fired to red, buff, or brown tones and painted. As the popular embodiments of an ideal feminine form, the Tlatilco figurines are often refered to as "pretty ladies". Their intimate, lively poses and elaborate hairstyles are indicative of the already sophisticated artistic tradition. This is remarkable given the early dates. Ceramic figures of any sort were widespread for only a few centuries before the appearance of Tlatilco figurines.
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