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Seated Female Effigy Figure - PF.4385
Origin: Costa Rica
Circa: 500 AD to 800 AD
Dimensions: 10.25" (26.0cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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This fine example of the period sits poised, evoking a sense of determination and elegance. It is a proud piece exposing the essence of womanhood. Delicately engraved, the artist has concentrated on the designs about the face and limbs, which are etched through a black glaze and then enhanced with a white pigment. This particular method of ornamentation is typical of Heurta ware. The markings are geometric in style and ritualistic in design. The encircled breasts and round stomach depict the serene beauty of a woman in childbirth. Her legs are opened, exposing her pubic area. She has a face demanding attention and conveying the inner secrets of motherhood. The artist has rendered the facial features with intricate precision exemplifying her aquiline nose and brilliant eyes. Her ears are adorned with ear spools. She wears a stylized headdress that is typical of the region she comes from. This masterpiece breaths with energy of times long gone by, yet still pervades the world in which we live today. - (PF.4385)


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