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Seated figure with splayed legs

Seated figure with splayed legs
1200-900 BCE
Mexico, Puebla (?): Olmec
Terracota, cream slip, red pigment
Acquired 1978
UEA 697

Among the more enigmatic works found in both the Gulf Coast and Central Mexico are large hollow figures, often referred to as 'babies' because of their facial features and chubby bodies. There is no clear identification of the sex, but at one time these figures may have worn costumes or ornaments of perishable materials which may have suggested gender. The original contexts of figures of this type are unknown.

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