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Female Figurine - PF.3106
Origin: Costa Rica (Guanacaste)
Circa: 1 AD to 500 AD
Dimensions: 11.5" (29.2cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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Divination is an essential element of Meso- American religious life. Throughout Meso- American mythology, there are many references to the goddess of diviners. This noble woman who now stands before us certainly could represent such a Goddess. Her aura radiates wisdom to all even after the many centuries which have passed. Her expression is pragmatic, logical and foretelling. Years of foretelling the future or the unknown have created her sharp, intelligent physiognomy. The ancient artist has skillfully chiseled these astute features in the beautifully burnished brown clay. A woman of honor and insight, she is certainly fit to be the goddess of diviners. There are remarkable incised geometric designs covering her. The designs may represent predictions concerning the future or have specific religious or political connotation. The incisions have been richly preserved for our enjoyment and admiration today. Bracelets adorn her wrists and she wears a short skirt. During divination ceremonial rituals and festivities, this ancient figurine was likely to have been set on an altar along with other sacred and significant relics. She stands before us as a witness of long forgotten predictions of the future that we can only imagine became true by her confident countenance. We must not also ignore the fertility attributes of this goddess. - (PF.3106)


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