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Basalt Standing Female - PF.4235
Origin: Costa Rica
Circa: 500 AD to 1000 AD
Dimensions: 10.75" (27.3cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Basalt

Location: United States
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The idea of fertility amongst tribal and traditional cultures is of high importance. The Costa Ricans stressed this by depicting it in there arts. Procreation was the key element on the minds of young girls. To bear children meant you were prosperous. This fertility goddess was offered into the tomb of the deceased woman to insure her fertility in the afterlife. Though the anatomy is simple, musculature is shown with carving along the chest area, right into the gray, volcanic stone. This woman is standing with authority. Her pose is strong and assured. She is holding her breast in a sign of womanliness and sexuality. Her face is looking straight ahead and the eyes are forever staring into the future. Her hair is represented by incisions into the basalt rock in a realistic design brushed straight back. She is a beautiful specimen of the austerity of Costa Rican woman. As a whole, the statue successfully permeates the grace and elegance of women as a work of art. - (PF.4235)


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