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Atlantic Watershed Basalt Trophy Head - PF.2789
Origin: Eastern Coast of Costa Rica
Circa: 100 AD to 1000 AD
Dimensions: 9.5" (24.1cm) high x 7" (17.8cm) wide x 8" (20.3cm) depth
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Basalt

Location: United States
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The dignified solemn expression of this warrior is mesmerizing. The simple yet graceful sculptural rendering brings this trophy head to life and displays the skilled artistry of the carver. The graceful curves around the eyes and the subtle sensuality of the lips soften the balanced symmetry of his face. The elaborate diamond- shaped pattern cap affirms that this is an image of an important person. The diamond—pattern symbolized the Saurians, who represented the earth’s fertile surface in Ancient Meso-American cosmology. Taking of trophy heads in battle seems to have been an important ritual that completed the cycle of agricultural fertility. - (PF.2789)


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