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The West Mexican tradition from Nayarit is especially important for its miniature renderings of complex, collective scenes, from meetings in a square to ballgames in progress to little-understood rituals. The scene depicted here has been interpreted as a family scene, but given the fact that the attendants are all males, it is more likely that it depicts a formal meeting or some sort of ritual communion.

Representation of a house and its people
Nayarit cultures
Early to Middle Classic (200-600 A.D.)
State of Nayarit
Clay with red, black and white pigments
30.2 x 19.2 cm.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.

Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara