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Basalt Sculpture Of A Standing Female - PF.2664
Origin: Costa Rica
Circa: 1000 AD to 1500 AD
Dimensions: 34.5" (87.6cm) high
Catalogue: V13
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Basalt


Location: Great Britain
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When Christopher Columbus landed in Costa Rica in 1502, on his fourth voyage to the New World, he found a group of people that he described as acute and intelligent, displaying much surprise and interest in whatever was shown to them. Moreover, these amicable Costa Ricans were adept at the arts of pottery making, weaving, casting, woodcarving and stone sculpting. In the realm of stone carving, the Costa Rican sculptors truly excelled, as revealed in this standing female figure. Carving from volcanic stone, the ancient artist created a striking image, one whose distinctive shape emphasizes the curving, cylindrical form of the human body and limbs. Although the sense of naturalism is minimized, a feeling of balance and proportion presides over the figure, heightening our awareness of her refined beauty. As we observe this compelling female, we are also captivated by her femininity. With delicate hands she cups her breasts, in a pose that likens her to a great Goddess, one whose nurturing spirit continues to nourish all who encounter her. - (PF.2664)

 

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