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Chinesco Style (Type D) Nayarit Terracotta Seated Figure - PF.5951
Origin: Nayarit, Mexico
Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD
Dimensions: 7" (17.8cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: UAE
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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 and the shape of the head are indicative of the Chinesco style. The body and head of this figure are covered in vertical white and red stripes. Such charming decoration is a hallmark of the Chinesco style and probably represents similar body paint and tattoos. Her hair has been carefully incised conveying both the texture and pattern of hair. She wears a series of armbands that not only enhance her beauty but also serve as a symbol of her elevated stature within her society. Although the full breasts and swollen stomach that usually characterize fertility goddesses are absent, her sex has been clearly indicated by a vertical slit. This masterfully molded sculpture was buried in a tomb alongside the deceased. Perhaps it was a memorial of a loved one meant to accompany the deceased on into the next world. Clearly, this sculpture was as essential in the afterlife as it was in our own. - (PF.5951)


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