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Noteworthy in this figurine are its beautiful, flower-shaped earflares. Nudity, so common in these figurines, has led some authors to speculate about a possible association with fertility rites, while others have advanced the possibility that they were probably clad with miniature items of clothing.

Female figurine with flower earflares
Central Mexican Pre-Classic
Middle Pre-Classic (800-400 B.C.)
Tlatizapán, State of Morelos
Clay with abundant yellow pigment
19.7 x 11 cm.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.

Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara