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Object Name: Female figure jar
Cultural Group: Colima
Place of Origin: West Mexico
Date: Protoclassic, 200 B.C.E. – 400 C.E.
Materials Used: Ceramic
Dimensions: H: 33.0 cm, W: 26.6 cm, D: 18.0 cm (H: 12.9 in, W: 10.5 in, D: 7.1 in)
Credit line and Accession Number: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Skip Brittenham and Mr. and Mrs. Ken Ziffren. X81.269
In West Mexico shaft tombs are located in highland lake basins in the states of Colima, Jalisco, and Nayarit. The disruption of graves has made precise interpretations of these sculptures difficult, and much remains conjectural. Standing and seated female figures may have been linked to concepts of the earth and fertility and are thought to represent initiated women ready for marriage and childbirth.
Gallery text, Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives, 2006
See also: Marla C. Berns, World Arts, Local Lives: The Collections of the Fowler Museum at UCLA. Fowler Museum, Los Angeles, 2014.