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Alabaster Mask - PF.3632
Origin: Costa Rica
Circa: 100 AD to 500 AD
Dimensions: 5.5" (14.0cm) high x 6" (15.2cm) wide
Catalogue: V18
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Alabaster


Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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Description
This mask touches and exhilarates centers of life beyond our present reality. It serves as a means of transforming the ordinary to the extraordinary, the natural to the supernatural. The mask has always been used as a ritual agent of transformation in Meso-America. The wearer of this mask represented a God. He manifested the life force. Through that ritual transformation joining the world of spirit and nature, man and God fused in the zone of mysterious transition marked by the mask itself. This mask is the seat of the soul, where the outer and inner worlds meet. We are left to ponder over the mysteries of the Universe hidden behind this mask, and the awakened insights it has brought to our own inner spirits. This mask radiates energy from its dynamic expression and clearly shows the physical features. Powerful forces seem to emanate from the open spaces of the eyes. The open mouth hints to the awesome power of spirituality and man's reverence to nature. It is an astounding work of art which makes our imagination productive and capable of conceiving the inconceivable, the divine. - (PF.3632)

 

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