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Intact Chinesco figure. Very good style.

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: Pre Columbian: Sculpture: Pre 1492: Item # 1246515

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Intact Chinesco figure. Very good style.
TITLE: Chinesco figure CULTURE: Nayarit (Chinesco), Western Mexico. PERIOD: 200 A.D. – 600 A.D. MATERIAL: polychrome ceramic SIZE: height 25 cm PRICE: SOLD PROVENANCE: American private collection from the Dr. Ivan Jeanne Weiler, Urbana, Illinois. CONDITIONS: In a perfect state of conservation, with the original polychromy and shine preserved. This ítem is provided of cultural export license and termoluminiscence test. The figure which we are dealing with are examples of what Hasso Von Winning classified as Chinesco, and which later has also been called the Lagunillas style due to the geographic area where more pieces of this style have been found. Pieces of this type also transmit a quiet sensibility which is evident in the modeling of the face. The emotion is not demonstrative but rather appears in the subtlety of the facial features. The cultures that grew up in Nayarit, and the states of Jalisco and Colima between the years 200 B.C. and 600 A.D., are included in the same cultural current due to the connections and similarities in their funerary practices, such as the so-called shaft tomb, or the tie-ins among their artistic productions, especially in pottery. The cultures of Western Mexico stand out above other pre-Columbian cultures for their vast pottery production, of an unequalled variety and quality. These figurines were to form part of the tomb goods of the deceased and that is why they have almost always been found in tombs. This has been decisive in their preservation to the present day, and as a result they have been found mostly intact and in appearance as they were originally. The range of types and motifs depicted in the ceramic work of the Colima, Nayarit and Jalisco cultures is very wide and has been very useful for the knowledge of the traditions and practices of these Mesoamerican peoples.

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