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This very expressive full-figured figurine of a woman displays great detail in the rendering of jewelry and dress elements. Particularly interesting is her hairdo, which combines her hair with intertwined straps or strings, a custom that can still be observed in many places in Oaxaca and elsewhere.

Female urn/figurine
Probably Middle Classic
(400-600 A.D.)
Light clay
34 x 27.7 cm.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.

Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara