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Although very pleasing in its sedate pose, this figurine is also subtly effective in its sophisticated stylizing of the human figure and is typical of the best pieces from the cultural area broadly known as West Mexico.

Sitting male figurine
Colima cultures
Early to Middle Classic (200-600 A.D.)
State of Colima
Red, burnished clay (the black markings are mineral accretions)
55.5 x 25.2 cm.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.

Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara