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My husband recently inherited this figurine from his father. It's been in his family for several years, and the story is that about 50 years ago, another relative saw some men digging in the Sierra Madre del Sur mountains near Zihuatanejo, Mexico. They dug up this figurine (and many others) and the relative bought it from them.

The figurine is about 9.5" tall and 5.5" wide at the shoulders. I think it's made of soapstone, but I'm not sure.

I don't really doubt that it is an authentic, pre-Columbian artifact. However, I need help identifying the following things:

*The name of the civilization that made this (such as Olmec, Mayan, etc.)
*Approximate age
*Material
*Any meaning of the figurine (was it strictly decorative or did it maybe have some other purpose)
*Anything else you can tell me about it, because I am stumped!

Thank you!

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  1. Vestaswind Vestaswind, 4 years ago
    I'm thinking it's a fertility Goddess. What I would do is ask someone that studies these things. Here is an artical about a dig, there is also contact information there. I would e-mail these people. I have found these kind of people are more then willing to help.
    http://www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/2005/12.15/03-maya.html
  2. imander imander, 4 years ago
    thats a cracking statue....
    ian
  3. Frosty21 Frosty21, 4 years ago
    In Justice League of America.Number #15 .The League is fighting a stone thing that look's just like this.Just throwing it out there. Keep Read'm and collect'm there fun.Frosty21
  4. Jeb Dishman, 3 years ago
    This looks like a Olmec figure, typical elongated forhead, and mouth. Wouldn´t want to comment on authinticity, though.

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