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Chinesco Style (Type C) Nayarit Terracotta Sculpture of a Standing Man - PF.1326
Origin: Nayarit, Mexico
Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD
Dimensions: 5.875" (14.9cm) high x 2.25" (5.7cm) wide
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

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The Chinesco sub-group of the Nayarit style constitutes realistic figures in a somewhat more "abstract" style. However, what may seem abstraction to modern eyes, might have been strict realism to an ancient Mexican artist. The flat face, curved head, small facial features, short arms and broad lips of this very handsome figure may represent an individual of a priestly caste. The black patina spotting on red slip gives a textural effect, and heightens the drama of the figure's intense facial expression. His closely set eyes and slightly parted mouth makes him seem in a trance, appropriate to the drug induced state of ancient healers. Whatever his function in the past, the artist's creation is what remains for us to explore on a purely aesthetic basis. And a figure such as this one offers a rich field of continual exploration and discovery. - (PF.1326)


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