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San Sebastián Style Nayarit Terracotta Sculpture of a Seated Woman - PF.2947
Origin: Nayarit, Mexico
Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD
Dimensions: 14.25" (36.2cm) high x 9.75" (24.8cm) wide
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

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Location: United States
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This proud-seated female figure is a remarkable example of late pre-classical Nayarit beauty. Made of burnished, fired clay, the female figure displays smooth, elegantly finished surf ace. She also shows well-defined physical features as well as decorative enhancements. She shows cranial deformation, a sign of noble beauty, bold eyes and a large nose. Her hair is represented with finely controlled incision lines, indicating well- combed hair. She also wears various jewelry such as a detailed neckpiece and numerous earrings. Unlike other neighboring cultures during the late pre-classic period, people of Nayarit region wore true earrings, not just earplugs. Her shoulders are decorated with scarification, a fascinating technique of raising the skin in a pattern by inserting cords underneath the skin. Despite these graceful features, the artist of the figure did not overly idealize the beauty but honestly showed the disproportionate shoulders. Perhaps due to some ailment, the figure's right shoulder is much larger than the left. This expression of human imperfection reflects Meso-American religious belief in humans’ humble position in the world. The female figure places her simplified hands on both sides of her torso, as if she is displaying pride in her belly. Her large torso, breasts, and thighs suggest importance of fertility and rebirth. The graceful lady, thus, not only illustrates beauty but she also holds the cherished belief in fertility. - (PF.2947)

 

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