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Chinesco Style (Type C) Nayarit Terracotta Standing Figure - PF.4511
Origin: Nayarit, Mexico
Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD
Dimensions: 10" (25.4cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta


Location: United States
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Handsomely appointed, this Chinesco style figure from southwestern Nayarit demonstrates the many facets, which have come to be associated with this particular style. Though the name "Chinesco" is purely a trademark, the characteristics are particular, such as the impressionistic details, vaguely oriental feeling, naturalistically treated face and the general serenity of expression. However, nature has taken a hand in the appearance of this wonderful figure, adding to and subtracting from the original paint until it wears a costume that resembles autumn leaves. Like the leaves, it reminds us in a bittersweet way of the passage of time and of the changes that inevitably happen to us all. With the Vermilion colored legs and facial stripping, it is clear that the love of adornment is as old as civilization itself. Yet a quiet mystery remains behind the calm facial expression, one that cannot and will not be discovered, adding to its profound uniqueness and graceful beauty. - (PF.4511)

 

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