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Costa Rican Stone Sculpture of a Man - PF.3266
Origin: Costa Rica
Circa: 1000 th Century AD to 1500 th Century AD
Dimensions: 11" (27.9cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Stone


Location: United States
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The tradition of stone sculptures in diquis is mainly limited to peg-base figures, zoomorphic effigies, and stone spheres. The independent anthropomorphic figures may have either a functional peg or shaft base, apparently used to mount them in cobble foundations, or only a small rounded base for other utilities. Some of these figures are not as formalized and rigid as others: they have rounded shapes in a simpler fashion. This human figure sculpted in a rounded form is unique in its pose and sculptural form. The overall shape being rounded, this stone sculpture shows a stylized male figure in an interesting manner he has its hands on its chest and its legs and feet are depicted vertically, pointing towards the narrower bottom part of the stone. Its head is turned to its left, directly looking over his shoulder. Such pose is ritually significant in Ancient Costa Rican art and both male and female are portrayed in this pose. Though sculpted in a minimal fashion, the sculpture has a serene but potent poise that mesmerizes our minds. Perhaps the figure was used to set up a scene or an edifice in a ritual. With his shoulders tightly tucked under his head and arms around his chest, this figure seems to hold an ancient mystery inside of him. - (PF.3266)

 

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