Female terracotta idol

Risco Caído and the Sacred Mountains of Gran Canaria Cultural Landscape2019

UNESCO World Heritage

UNESCO World Heritage

In Gran Canaria, more than two hundred terracotta idols have been documented, mainly female representations. They are a clearly differentiating element that identifies its culture. They are figurative representations and although they mainly represent the human figure, there are also examples of animal representations. Items have also been documented whose unusual or shocking traits for our aesthetic perception have led us to consider them as beastly or chimerical. Most of the figures are female, highlighting their sexual traits and, in many cases, displaying very prominent bellies associated with motherhood. In some cases, the figures appear decorated with red paint or incisions that seem to mark hair or body art. There was a clear relationship between some of these pieces and the religious world. However, it should not be ruled out that some of the figures are simply votive offerings, amulets, or even toys.


  • Title: Female terracotta idol
  • Creator: Risco Caído and the Sacred Mountains of Gran Canaria Cultural Landscape
  • Date Created: 2019
  • Location Created: Spain
  • Rights: Cabildo de Gran Canaria
  • Location: Spain
  • Inscription Criteria: Criteria: (iii)(v)
  • Date of Inscription: 2019
  • Category of Site: Cultural site

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