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Pre-Columbian / Stone Skull - PF.3465
Origin: Costa Rica (Guanacaste-Nicoya)
Circa: 1200 AD to 1550 AD
Dimensions: 14.25" (36.2cm) high
Catalogue: V18
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Stone

Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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This stone sculpture of a skull shows the marvelous Meso-American talent for rendering human likeness and holding a high regard for the dead. This skull is thought to be a representation of the God of the Underworld, a skull that was once used in important places of worship such as the temple. This skull was used on special occasions to remember the important God of the Underworld, protector of the dead, and the ancestors of the worshippers. This representation shows the artist’s reverence for the gods as well as the dead, due to the anatomically correct representation of their facial features. This artist depicts the Meso-American belief of the continuation of life, and the eternal of the spirit through the artistic choice to use this hard stone, because it is indestructible and everlasting. A significant aspect of the skull is the concave area on the crest, because it shows a space where herbs and spices were placed for worshipping this God of the underworld. This space also holds significance because it may also have fit a disk, in which items of remembrance were held. The Meso-American artist has magnificently carved this hard stone, and the realistic depiction of the god of the underworld reflects this culture and their reverence for the dead. - (PF.3465)


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