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Seated Male Figure - PF.3206
Origin: Costa Rica (Guanacaste)
Circa: 500 AD to 800 AD
Dimensions: 13.25" (33.7cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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This extraordinary figure is a masterpiece of composition graced with the rich quality of preserved polychrome painting. A gentle facial expression, as soft and evocative as a memory of a friend, is brilliantly integrated with a wealth of ethnographic details. Extensive cross-hatching body paint adorns his stylized arms and legs. The artist has paid special attention to reveal the curving shape of the limbs with the cross- hatching polychrome paint. He sits gallantly before use with his coiffure drawn back from his forehead with ear spools and a tanga (pubic cover). His wide, staring eyes are full of wonder and awareness of the rituals, which took place before him over a thousand years ago. We share wonder and awareness, as well, towards this beautiful work of art, which has graced our modem presence with the ancient artistic achievements of the past. - (PF.3206)


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