Birds hold a special place in the mythology of
ancient Costa Rica, and there is no question that
this lovely piece glows with an unspoken magic.
Originally meant to support a round-bottomed
bowl, it most likely served in a ritual capacity or
as a tomb offering. Though the bird guardians
watch alertly in all directions, they seem not to
have noticed that their load has vanished with
time. A rare and splendid example of a
functional object that has transcended into the
realm of art.