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LATE CLASSIC, CA. A.D. 550-950
A rare representation of a seated 'smiling' figure serenely seated with legs crossed and feet projecting beneath the long folds of the skirt, the right hand raised as if in a gesture of greeting, left palm open, the characteristic features with grin showing upper teeth, close-set eyes marked by a whimsical expression, adorned with beaded jewelry, earspools and rectangular headdress with etched and incised geometric patterns.
The purpose and the function of the 'Smiling' figures are still not known. The available data seems to suggest that they were sacred objects, perhaps sacrificial objects. The most generally accepted interpretation of the "Sonrientes" is the association with Xochipilli, the Aztec god of dance, music and joy. Another hypotheses postulates that they were ceremonial sacrificial victims.