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Ancient Images of a Mother Giving Birth Found

Posted by admin on Oct 20, 2011

An international team of archaeologists has unearthed what might be the earliest representation of childbirth in western art, they announced today. Consisting of two images of a woman giving birth to a child, the intimate scene was found on a small fragment from a ceramic vessel that is more than 2,600 years old.

About 1-3/4 x 1-1/4 inches (4 x 3 cm), the fragment was part of a vessel made of bucchero, a typically Etruscan black pottery. The image show the head and shoulders of a baby emerging from a mother. Portrayed with her face in profile and a long ponytail running down her back, the woman has her knees and one arm raised.

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