Photo, Print, Drawing Pre-Hispanic Idol.
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- Pre-Hispanic Idol.
- Shown here are three views of a stylized ceramic sitting human figure. The head lacks facial expression and is a simple extension of a long neck. The arms are reduced to stumps that seem to represent biceps. The legs push forward in a ring shape. The burnished piece is painted all over in red. It was found during an archeological excavation in 1970, among sediments around the ruins and burials in the Painted Cave (Cueva Pintada) at Galdar, Gran Canaria, in the Canary Islands of Spain. This is one of the most important pieces of the pre-Hispanic enclave's collection of painted idols. Most of these terracottas take anthropological form, usually the feminine figure. They constitute a homogeneous but unique group among a culture that favors geometrical representation in its decorative motifs on diverse media, such as ceramics, fur, or murals. What the function of these idols was for the pre-Hispanic Canarian society is uncertain but could be related to fertility ritual practices. This piece is in the collections of the Museum and Archaeological Park Cueva Pintada.
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- [place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], [0500 to 1499]
- - Spain--Canary Islands--Gáldar
- - 500 to 1499
- - Antiquities
- - Guanches
- - Indigenous peoples
- - Religious articles
- - Sculpture
- - Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
- - Original resource extent: Height: 7.5 centimeters; Maximum width: 5.9 centimeters; Maximum depth: 6.1 centimeters..
- - Original resource at: Cabildo of Gran Canaria, Canary Islands.
- - Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.
- 1 online resource.
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Pre-Hispanic Idol. Canary Islands Gáldar Spain, 0500. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, to 1499] Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2021670657/.
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(0500) Pre-Hispanic Idol. Canary Islands Gáldar Spain, 0500. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, to 1499] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2021670657/.
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Pre-Hispanic Idol. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, to 1499] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2021670657/>.