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This and the fact that he is wearing what appears to be the pelt of a supernatural beast, probably point to the fact that this is the representation of a shaman undergoing transformation.

Seated male figurine dressed as a supernatural beast (back view)
Central Mexican Pre-Classic
Early Pre-Classic (1200-600 B.C.)
Atlihuayán, State of Morelos
Clay with abundant traces of yellow and white pigments
29.5 x 21.3 cm.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.

Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara