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Seated Figure With Hands Placed On The Stomach - PF.4147
Origin: Costa Rica
Circa: 500 AD to 800 AD
Dimensions: 16.5" (41.9cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta


Location: United States
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Description
This remarkable seated figure is a fine example of the Huerta ware that flourished during the first part of Period V. The black slip and engraved incisions classify the figure as Huerta ware. The enigmatic expression and peculiar posture at once captivates our attention. The figure appears to be clenching his or her teeth together. This may have had symbolic significance to the ancient people of Costa Rica. The hands are placed on the stomach and the feet are set closely together. This posture may have been important during rituals. The incised complex geometric designs filled with white pigment are very precisely engraved. Water symbols appear on the forehead and arched designs caress the cheeks. Holes have been drilled where earspools may have been inserted. The incisions engraved on the body add further mystery to the piece. A world of long forgotten rituals and symbols lie dormant within this impressive work of art. - (PF.4147)

 

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