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Sculpture of a Warrior - PF.3153
Origin: Costa Rica
Circa: 1000 AD to 1500 AD
Dimensions: 27" (68.6cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Basalt


Location: Great Britain
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This magnificent basalt sculpture of a warrior stands proudly, holding a weapon and a trophy head of his victim from a battle. Adorned with decorations such as the headdress, bracelet, necklace, and a belt, this warrior most likely was a person of importance or of high social status. It is sculpted in a simple geometric manner with large incision lines, which define bold facial features and muscle tones. This simplicity attributes the basalt stone figure the crucial aesthetic qualities such as a sense of physical presence and weight. Such powerful figure displays his strength by his arm raised over his shoulder, holding a weapon. Perhaps he has just won a battle from which he took the trophy head of his victim. And the proud stature certainly portrays power and dominance of a victorious warrior. Such prized trophy head was an important offering in ceremonial rituals. During this period in Costa Rica, people took trophy heads in battles for human sacrifice to please the God and to maintain agricultural fertility. Because of the strong belief in human sacrifice and pleasing the God, conquests and wars became the fight to obtain victims for sacrificial rituals. Holding the prized head, the warrior stands proudly, displaying the honor and pride he has earned. - (PF.3153)

 

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