Valdivia Figures with stand
1300-1100 BCE
9.75" x 7.5" x 2.37"
Ceramics, Fired clay
Region: Valdivia, Ecuador
Culture: Valdivia Culture
Small anthropomorphic ceramic figurines are the hallmark of the ancient Valdivia culture of the tropical lowlands of western Ecuador. They usually depict nude women with prominent breasts, short arms, elaborate hairstyles, and incised features. May have been used as offerings in fertility rituals or as repositories for spirit helpers summoned by shamans during healing ceremonies.