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Wild Pig Effigy Vessel - PF.3768
Origin: Costa Rica (Guanacaste-Nicoya)
Circa: 500 AD to 800 AD
Dimensions: 7" (17.8cm) high
Catalogue: V18
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: UAE
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Striking in its black slip, this vessel's design of a pig is extremely realistic and highly detailed. Etched within this black slip is a series of geometric designs giving the surface of the object a distinct texture? The face however, is the most fascinating aspect of the entire piece. The face and nose are very descriptive and highly molded, revealing the artisan’s talent and expertise. As the ears fold down gently, the snarling mouth widens viciously, exposing the sharp teeth and the lolling tongue. The bulging eyes pierce through as if penetrating through us, threatening us with the possibility of attack. This style of art demonstrated the true talent of the artist and the craftsmanship of the time. With such pieces, we feel the presence of the artist, and in turn, are moved by the art in an emotional way. - (PF.3768)


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