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This figurine is much more complex than stands out at first sight. Note the intricate patterns that were either woven or painted on the shirt and which have been painted directly on the figurine's torso. Also, note the multiple earrings that adorn the right ear and the nose ring that pierces the septum.

Male figurine holding an object
Nayarit cultures
Early to Middle Classic (200-600 A.D.)
State of Nayarit
Clay with red burnish and traces of black and white pigments
33 cm.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.

Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara