Fertility: Statues of Representation

For a long time there have been many different forms of representing fertility. Using various materials, such as stone, wood, yarn, and metal; objects of stature/figures have been created; depicting an interior as well as an exterior perspective on fertility. Usually these statues are of highly regarded and powerful entities, such as goddesses. Theses statues and or figures then became symbols, and were most likely used further to help assist and promote fertility for women during childbirth. Through this exhibition, in chronological order, it explores and promotes the various different forms in which fertility has been represented through statues and figures. Ranging in geographic location and time period, an opportunity is created to be able to compare and then further comprehend the similarities and differences between the statues/figures that represent diverse cult images of fertility.

This Limestone Fertility Goddess from Chalkolithic from Cyprus, 3000-2500 BC is one of the earliest and largest figures in this exhibit of a fertility goddess. Representing childbirth the figure is in a squatting birthing position.
This figurine of a fertility goddess made from sandstone, presents one of the much earlier constructions in representation of fertility and creation.
With an origin in Egypt, this figure is a Statue of a naked women with incomplete legs. It is believed that both men and women used these figures to ensure fertility; thought to enhance a wife's fruitfulness and a husband's potency.
This statue comes from India, and only encompasses the torso of a female figure rather then the whole body like some of the other fertility figures. It is of Yakshi, a fertility goddess.
This figure share similar characteristics as that of the fertility goddess Yakshi. Representing joy, prosperity and fertility, this statue is a symbol of purity and eternal motherhood.
This Mexican statue represents fertility deities, and is adorned with various objects that symbolize fertility, for example in the right hand holding a stick of rattles. It is believed that this kind of vessel was used to burn resins as tribute for the represented god.
This fertility figure is not like other figures in that it takes on a clearly feminine shape, or image of a female figure like many of the fertility goddesses.
Like the fertility figure previous in the exhibit to it, this figure has more of a masculine representation of fertility.
This wooden ritual fertility doll is from the akuaba culture, and offers a unique intake on their perspective of fertility. It is one of the most popular and common examples of fertility represented.
This fertility figure represents more of an unconventional symbol of fertility. Made of cloth material, such as yarn, it does not take on the common features of a female figure. It shows that there are many ways to represent fertility.
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