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Chinesco Style (Type C) Nayarit Terracotta Sculpture of a Kneeling Man - PF.3073
Origin: Nayarit, Mexico
Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD
Dimensions: 7.5" (19.1cm) high x 4.625" (11.7cm) wide
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta


Location: UAE
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This effigy male figure sits in a humble position with his arms around his legs. His exaggerated and simplified limbs accentuate the crouching position. The face of this fired clay figure shows the chinesco style (a flat head, thin eye-slits, and a small mouth), which is one exemplary style from the Nayarit culture. The body is decorated with beautiful rich reddish color and a large shape of x on the chest. Such design not only adds visually interesting quality to the figure but it also attributes mysterious, symbolic quality. Being found from a shaft-tomb, this humble effigy figure also carries the funerary symbolism of Nayarit culture. People of Nayarit culture were obsessed with burial practices and, thus, channeled their artistic energy into making funerary figurines. Such hand-modeled figures were a widespread tradition in the pre-classic society. This charming clay figure is not only a witness of the funerary ritual but also is the embodiment of the artistic energy of Nayarit culture. - (PF.3073)

 

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