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Polychrome Terracotta Female Figure - PF.3379
Origin: Costa Rica (Guanacaste)
Circa: 1100 th Century AD to 1300 th Century AD
Dimensions: 12.25" (31.1cm) high
Catalogue: V16
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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This elegant figure is graced with the rich quality of brightly preserved polychrome painting. With cap-like coiffure, simple skirt and complex designs on her arms and breasts, she is brilliantly integrated with a wealth of ethnographic details. Her hands are on her hips as she kneels with her legs underneath her. She has an appealing, rather saucy air about her that captures our attention. A necklace worn by her apparently includes a central pendant-like object. The unusual formation of her face has deep incised lines following the contours of her nose and lips. Three circular objects adorn each ear, most probably jewelry. She is a beautiful work of art that undoubtedly played a significant role in ancient rituals, perhaps pertaining to fertility. - (PF.3379)


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