A nayarit seated woman
San Pedro Lagunillas, Western Mexico, c. 250 BC BC-250 AD
In the so-called Chinesco style, characterized by flowing curves, plastic shapes, minimal decor, disproportionately large heads and facial features with a quasi-Asian look. Polished cream-colored earthenware, with red painted details, the traditional Lagunillas type handprints twice on the back, on the right shoulder and the left cheek. The finely striped hair is reddish in color and red paint has been applied to highlight the bracelets and the garment around the waist. The necklace is marked with hand-modeled rings around the neck. Small arms are gently folded over the upper body on the flowing, curved thighs. As with most Chinese, the facial expression is calm and distant. In very good condition, the head has been reattached to the neck with minimal restoration.
Chinese figures are divided into four sub-styles. Figures like this one with rounded triangular heads and painted details are of Type C, found near San Pedro Lagunillas in southwestern Nayarit. The red hand motifs on the face, shoulders and back are found on other Lagunillas Chinescos, suggesting that they were all made in the same workshop or by the same potter.
Private collection, New York
Acquired from the current collection in 1995
Merrin Gallery, New York
Jean-Louis Sonnery, Paris (active from 1964 to 1972)
Height: 8 ½ inches
Estimate: $ 40,000- $ 60,000.
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