Photo: INAH


As part of the ongoing 100th anniversary celebration of the founding of the Guadalajara Regional Museum (MRG), the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) has organized an exhibit of pre-Hispanic Mexican sculptures of sensual human forms from the western Mexican states of Nayarit, Colima, Jalisco and Michoacán.

Photo: INAH

The exhibit, titled “Semillas de vida: La sexualidad en Occidente” (“Seeds of Life, Sexuality in the West”), includes 210 archeological pieces from the region which display these early Meso-Americans’ obsession with the natural human form and their perception of their role within the cosmic universe.

Most of the female images in the collection are of pregnant women.

The pieces on display are from the region’s Classic period, which ran from 200 B.C. to 600 A.D.

They include items crafted from a range of materials, including basalt, obsidian, jade, shell and ceramics, and the majority were used in the daily lives of these early Mexican cultures.

“The sexual act and the joy of procreation were considered gifts granted to mankind by the divine world, and the feminine form was associated with germination, water, the cold, darkness and death, while the masculine form was linked to maturity, fire, warmth, the sky, strength and life,” explained the curator of the exhibit, Daniel Ruiz Cancino.

The collection was previously displayed at Mexico City’s Templo Mayor Museum in 2014.

The exhibit will remain on display at the MRG, located at Liceo 60 in Guadalajara’s Centro Histórico, through the end of March.

The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

There is a 55-peso admission fee, except on Sunday, when everyone is welcome free of charge.



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