STANDING WOMAN WITH TWO HEADS

TLATILCO – Mexico

1150 – 900 B.C.

  • Height : 10 cm
  • Width : 5 cm
  • Depth : 1.6 cm

Massive beige terracotta with yellow and red decorations.

Standing naked woman with two heads. The arms are short, the hips and the legs are wide and round. The waist is slim. The navel is pierced. The two heads are alike. The mouths are open, the eyes are almond-shaped. The ears are decorated with circular earrings. The heads are topped by a tight headdress with central ornament.

During the Pre-classic period, the figures accompanying the deceased in their last great journey were exclusively feminine and symbolized the mother-goddess. The most ancient and famous site is the one of Tlatilco, which means in Nahuatl “the place where things are hidden”. The particularity of this Venus is the presence of the double face, modeled after the summer and winter solstices.

Provenance:

-Ancient collection of Guy Joussemet.