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Guanacaste-Nicoya Tripod Vessel with a Monkey - PF.3464
Origin: Guanacaste, Nicoya, Costa Rica
Circa: 1200 AD to 1550 AD
Dimensions: 9.75" (24.8cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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The movement of this monkey is recorded through the artist's use of line and color. As the monkey becomes three dimensional, it also comes alive through the curvilinear lines around the form of the body and the tail. The monkey's mouth, hands, and feet especially stand out through the bold use of the color orange. The vessel radiates a feeling of excitement through the open mouth and the arms that fly backwards with a magnificent sense of freedom and random mobility. This animal was very familiar to the culture as humans and monkeys were cohabitants in a jungle-like environment. The monkey was a symbol for this culture after becoming their devoted worshipping animal. The beauty of this vessel comes from the artistic choice to explore the effect of patterning and the precision of line. This piece brings us closer to the Cost Rican culture through the themes of animals, and their motion. - (PF.3464)


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