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Chinesco Style (Type C) Nayarit Terracotta Seated Figure - PF.2462
Origin: Nayarit, Mexico
Circa: 100 BC to 250 AD
Dimensions: 6" (15.2cm) high x 4" (10.2cm) wide
Catalogue: V8
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Style: Chinesco (Type C)
Medium: Terracotta

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This strikingly painted figure, sculpted from clay, is a delightful example of the art produced centuries ago in the Mexican state of Nayarit, located in the western region of the country. Specializing in bold and spirited images, at once handsome and distinctive in appearance, this particular figure is rendered by an ancient Nayarit artist in the Chinesco style, so named because of the figures characteristic facial features small slanted, almond shaped eyes that combine with high cheekbones to convey an exotic oriental feeling. A heart shaped head, disproportionately large nose with an ornamental nose clip and dynamic facial painting add a further note of character to his appearance. With back hunched over and thin folded arms resting comfortably on bent knees, he appears in a relaxing, restful posture. His slight, upturned mouth hinting at thoughts of amusement, this splendid individual evinces a mood of enjoyment, his buoyant spirit affecting us in a most appealing manner. - (PF.2462)


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