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Chinesco Style (Type C) Nayarit Terracotta Sculpture of a Seated Man - PF.2463
Origin: Nayarit, Mexico
Circa: 100 BC to 250 AD
Dimensions: 11" (27.9cm) high
Catalogue: V11
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta


Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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Description
An exciting example of ancient clay artistry, this dramatic seated male figure was created in the Mexican state of Nayarit, located in the western region of the state. It was here that craftsmen developed a distinctive style of art called Chinesco, so named because of the clay figures characteristic facial features small slanted, almond shaped eyes that combine with high cheekbones to convey an exotic oriental feeling. Here, in this lively example, we also see the characteristic triangle shaped head and large ornamented nose that further distinguishes this commanding art style. With back bent over and thin folded arms resting comfortably on bent knees, the figure appears in a relaxing, but somewhat pensive pose. A dramatic display of face and body paint adds an element of excitement to the piece, evidencing the Nayarit artists skillful ability to combine a number of moods and emotions into one extraordinary work of art. - (PF.2463)

 

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