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Chinesco Style (Type D) Nayarit Terracotta Vessel in the Form of a Man - PF.4931
Origin: Nayarit, Mexico
Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD
Dimensions: 6.5" (16.5cm) high x 3.5" (8.9cm) wide
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

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Location: United States
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The large heart-shaped heads of the Chinesco style are unique to ceramic objects of Meso- America. They probably reflect actual cranial deformation done for purposes of beautification. Also typical of Nayarit style was the careful attention given to the hair, in this case formed in the shape of a hat, with striations along the rim and vertical lines down the back. Dual extensions at the ears may be ornate earspools, or part of the hair itself. The burnished dark red body is naked, and yet does not reveal the person's sex. The back is striped with broad darkish bands that represent ritual body painting or tattooing. The left arm is attached to the knee to form a sort of handle, while the right hand is pressed against the mouth. This gesture is seen in other such figures, and most likely had a ritual meaning, perhaps related to the eating of hallucinogenic substances; or to prevent speaking of the visions only the heart can bear witness to. - (PF.4931)

 

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