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Of undeniable Olmec inspiration, the chubbiness and baby-like poses (sitting up, crawling, etc.) of this kind of figurine (widely extended in the Pre-Classic period) has earned them the generic nickname "baby faces". This is a beautiful example from the early settlement of Tlapacoya, in the Northern region of the Valley of Mexico.

Olmec-style figurine
Tlapacoya, State of Mexico
Pre-Classic (1800 B.C.-150 A.D.)
Tlapacoya, Edo. de México
41.5 x 31 cm.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.

Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara