January 15, 2021
Mexican Farmers Find Large Female Statue in Citrus Grove
Farmers digging in a citrus grove on New Year’s Day found the six-foot tall statue of a female figure who may represent an elite woman rather than a goddess, or some mixture of the two, INAH said.
It is the first such statue found in a region known as the Huasteca.
The carved woman has an elaborate hairpiece and marks of status, and is dated to 1450-1521. The site is near El Tajin but the statue shows Aztec influence.
Just who the open-mouthed, wide-eyed statue depicts remains something of a mystery.
Institute archaeologist María Eugenia Maldonado Vite wrote that “this could be a ruler, based on her posture and attire, more than a goddess.”
Maldonado added it could be “a late fusion between the Teem goddesses and women of high political or social status in the Huasteca.” Those goddesses were part of a fertility cult.
“Colonial era Aztec documents mentioned women ‘rulers’ so that is not a surprise,” Gillespie added. “Women were highly valued in the pre-Hispanic era, drastically losing their status only after the conquest.”
Phys.org has the report here with photos;
Science Daily adds this;
A young woman dressed in elaborate clothes and jewelry, including a circular pendant, known as an "oyohualli,” on a thick necklace; tassel-like earrings; and a headdress
eyes “must have been filled with inlays of obsidian or another stone,”
Maldonado Vite noticed small structures nearby that might be pre-Columbian residential buildings, she said.
Mike Ruggeri’s Mesoamerica After Teotihuacan