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Chinesco Style (Type C) Nayarit Terracotta Sculpture of a Seated Woman - PF.5950
Origin: Nayarit, Mexico
Circa: 100 BC to 250 AD
Dimensions: 7" (17.8cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

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Closely related to the art of the Nayarit, this sub-type of figurines has come to be known by the name of "Chinesco", on account of what some have perceived as a vaguely "Oriental" style. Both the seated pose with extended legs and the shape of the head are indicative of the Chinesco style. The majority of the body of this woman is covered in white slip. Only her legs, a collar or necklace, and various marks of face painting have been highlighted in vermillion. The tremendous girth of this figures lower torso and legs most likely relates to her function as a possible fertility goddess. While her breasts and swollen belly are only subtly molded, her sex has been clearly indicated by a vertical slit. The painted lines that decorate her face are part of the charm of the Chinesco style. This masterfully molded sculpture was buried in a tomb alongside the deceased. Perhaps it was meant to ensure the fertility of the soul on into the next world. Clearly, this sculpture was as essential in the afterlife as it was in our own. - (PF.5950)

 

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