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Embracing Couple with Baby
Mexico, Nayarit
Terra-cotta, 32 cm high
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice 76.2553 PG 266
Photo: Paolo Manusardi, Milan


The male figure is on the left, with a loin cloth, and a half-moon shaped nariguera (nose ornament). His right hand has broken off, together with something he was holding. His legs are in a characteristic ‘infant’s’ position. The female figure holds a suckling child to her breast. These embracing figures may be ancestors, royalty or divinities, and it cannot be excluded that they represent one of the couples that played a role in myths about the origin of the cosmos.

credits: Hangar Design Group