Valdivian Ancient Mother Goddess

by Aradia Lunabella

This Goddess statuette is from Valdivia, Ecuador created between 3500 BC and 1800 BC. The Valdivan culture is one of the earliest occurrences of Goddess pottery in the New World, said by some to be connected to the Jomon cultures of early Japan. The priestesses of the Valdivias were the first Americans to use pottery. They created bowls, jars and Mother Goddess statues out of clay, both for everyday life and for use in religious ceremonies. An extensive collection is on display at the Museo Fianco Banco Central in Quito.

Mixed media and photographic collage . 2015


Art Gallery, Volume 3 Issue 2