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Jar With Human Head - PF.3715
Origin: Costa Rica (Guanacaste-Nicoya)
Circa: 1000 AD to 1550 AD
Dimensions: 12.5" (31.8cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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Perhaps representing a sacrificial offering from ancient times, this jar's disembodied head cries out from its purgatory, forever suspended from the exterior of the vessel. With wide eyes and an open mouth, the face reflecting its eternal dismay, the necklace head relies for support on the vessel's bracelet, modeled arms. The red arms, with painted hands and fingers, grow from the jar as if from a body. Perhaps the eerie presentation warns the curious away from the jar, protecting its precious contents. Or is it a message from an earlier age, reminding people through the ages of a cruel sacrifice to a bloodthirsty god? The vessel itself is gourd- shaped, and rests on a flared base, its sides rising to a flared lip. Its upper rim is banded by orange and brown vertical stripes above a panel of scenes, perhaps depicting the victim's ancient world. - (PF.3715)


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