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This sub-type of figurines has come to be known by the name of "Chinesco", on account of what some have perceived as a vaguely "Oriental" style. The graceful abandon of the figurine's stance belies the complexity of the pose, in the execution of which the artist has attained a wonderful balance between a static pose and a strong assymetrical dynamism.

Female squatting figurine
Nayarit cultures
Early to Middle Classic (200-600 A.D.)
State of Nayarit
Clay with red and light pigments
31 x 26 cm.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.

Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara