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Seated female


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Ceramic figurines provided artists with opportunities to depict lively, sometimes sexually suggestive mythical episodes. Women were depicted individually or interacting with others.

A mouthpiece in the back turns these hollow figurines into whistles. Their pigments include Maya blue, obtained through the chemical combination of indigo with a special kind of clay.

Mujer sentada
Siglo VII al IX
Cerámica, pigmento

Las figurillas de cerámica permitían representar episodios míticos muy vívidos, que a veces tienen connotaciones sexuales. Las mujeres se representaban solas o interactuando con otros.

La boquilla de la parte trasera de estas piezas, huecas por dentro, las convierte en silbatos. Los pigmentos incluyen el azul maya, el cual se obtiene combinando añil con un tipo de arcilla especial.

Seated female, Ceramic, pigment, Maya

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