Childbirth scene

Mexico, cult. Nayarit, 1st century B.C.-IIth century A.D., terracotta


The sculpture with a ritual character is dedicated to the origin of life and fertility. It depicts six pregnant women surrounding a parturient assisted by three male figures, one of whom facilitates the delivery while the other two prepare and administer a probable narcotic to ease the pain. The head of the unborn child is visible. The female figures are nude, while the men wear a thong-belt.

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