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Slab Figurine fragment

Unknown Artist (Nayarit)

This style of figurine, usually rendering females, is found throughout Central and West Mexico. Female representations and mold-made slab figurines were prevalent for 1500 years in Mexico. The flattened headdress and hair creating a frame around the face are a convention seen throughout Central Mexico including at Teotihuacan and especially later in Aztec art of the Post-Classic period (1325-1521 CE).
See Bell, Betty, 1971, “Archaeology of Nayarit, Jalisco, and Colima. In Handbook of Middle American Indians, Vol. II, Part 2. University of Texas Press, Austin, pp. 694-753; Taube, Karl, 1988, The Albers Collection of Pre-Columbian Art. Hudson Hills Press, New York.

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