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Chinesco Style (Type C) Nayarit Terracotta Sculpture of a Seated Man - PF.2437
Origin: Nayarit, Mexico
Circa: 100 BC to 250 AD
Dimensions: 5.75" (14.6cm) high
Catalogue: V13
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta


Location: Great Britain
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Ancient artisans in the state of Nayarit, located in the west coast region of Mexico, produced a stunning array of art in clay. Specializing in lively and expressive figures, much of the simple everyday life of ancient Mexico can be gleaned from the work of these highly prolific craftsmen. Here, a seated male figure is rendered in the Nayarit "Chinesco" style, so named because of the figure's facial features--'small slanted, almond-shaped eyes that combine with high cheekbones to convey a vaguely oriental feeling. A long pointed nose, adorned with an ornament, a highly expressive mouth and decorative facial paint add to this individual's distinctive visage. With back hunched over and thin folded arms resting on bent knees, he appears in a pensive, meditative pose. We can only wonder what deep and distant thoughts were going through the mind of the ancient Nayarit artist who created this masterpiece of soulful sculpting. While the artist's thoughts may be elusive, lost in time forever, the fruits of his labor continue to express themselves today through this beautifully poetic work of art. - (PF.2437)

 

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