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Female body and maternity

Room E1

Over a period of 2000 years, male and female human bodies were modeled in clay by pre-Columbian pottery makers. The human body was depicted in the form of ceremonial vessels through which different types of liquids flowed, symbolically activating and animating these objects.

In pottery, the female form was represented as a receptor vessel, but it was also depicted as an entity that produced bodily fluids. Women are represented being touched, caressed, kissed and penetrated. These pottery vessels show women being fertilized, pregnant, giving birth, feeding and nourishing. They are also represented as sexually active individuals, the catalysts for the release of seminal fluid from their male partners.