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Stone Peg-Base Male Figure - PF.2643
Origin: Costa Rica
Circa: 1000 AD to 1500 AD
Dimensions: 30" (76.2cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Basalt

Location: United States
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Deftly carved from a single piece of stone with only wood and stone tools plus abrasives, this peg-base figure is a superb example of the ancient Pre-Columbian sculptural artistry of the Diquis Zone of Costa Rica. In this region the sculptural traditions vary notably from other areas of Pre-Columbian Costa Rica, as seen in this carved figure. Here, there is a strong tendency toward stylization of the image as well as an emphasis on two-dimensional form, which in turn is highlighted by low relief carving. Moreover, the stately pose of the figure results in a formality that recalls architectural embellishment (which Peg-base figures may have been) as opposed to individual sculpture. As we explore the dynamics of this remarkable stone figure we become acutely aware of the power behind the hand of the Costa Rican sculptor. His work in not only a potent expression of the ethos of his people--it is also an ample portion of their timeless, life-enriching legacy. - (PF.2643)


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