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Basalt Trophy Head - PF.2791
Origin: Eastern Coast of Costa Rica
Circa: 100 AD to 1000 AD
Dimensions: 7.25" (18.4cm) high x 6.25" (15.9cm) wide x 7.5" (19.1cm) depth
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Basalt

Location: United States
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The Ancient Costa Ricans considered human heads as the ‘fruits’ or ‘seeds’ of the life process. Therefore, the taking of trophy heads in battle and the beheading of captured enemies were of significant ritual importance, completing the agricultural cycle. The solemn dignity of this warrior is gracefully portrayed through a simple sculptural rendering. He looks as if he has reached a higher plane, perhaps because he has served a great and noble purpose in his world. - (PF.2791)


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