Objects of West Mexico: Meaning and Importance

The three objects examined in this paper are called Seated Musician with Rasp, House Scene with Musicians and Dancers, and Ceremonial Village Scene with Flying Figure, all from the Nayarit region of West Mexico. These names were not given by the creator of the pieces, as any such identification has been lost with time. Rather, the names are given by the anthropologists, art historians, or other individuals who research or present these objects. As such, an object’s name is subject to change as understandings of the piece evolve. For example, the original name given to Seated Musician with Rasp was Figure Holding Wrapped Baby. When compared to other similar objects of its time period, however, it becomes clear that the figure is holding a rasp rather than a child. The name of this piece, therefore, has been changed for this exhibit.
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