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Chinesco Style (Type C) Nayarit Terracotta Sculpture of a Kneeling Woman - PF.2471
Origin: Nayarit, Mexico
Circa: 100 BC to 250 AD
Dimensions: 8.125" (20.6cm) high
Catalogue: V13
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

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An extraordinary example of ancient clay artistry, this dramatic kneeling female figure was created in the Mexican state of Nayarit, located in the western region of the country. It was here that craftsmen developed a highly 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 touching example we see a female figure kneeling on her right leg, her left leg bent upright at the knee. One long thin arm rests atop her right thigh, while the position of her left arm creates a most poignant tone in this sculpture, for the bent left elbow leans on her knee while her head rests pensively on her clenched left fist. When combined with her thoughtful and dramatic facial expression, enhanced by the artistic use of a painted eye mask, the overall effect is one of highly charged emotion. The creator of this masterpiece has also enriched the figures spirited inner beauty by the use of painted body decorations that harmonize well with the painted facial patterns. In all, this kneeling figure arouses our myriad senses and moves us to an emotional level that is quite unique. She is truly a timeless work of art that speaks deeply to all mankind. - (PF.2471)


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