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Terracotta Polychrome Standing Figure - PF.3861
Origin: Costa Rica
Circa: 500 AD to 800 AD
Dimensions: 18" (45.7cm) high
Catalogue: V18
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta


Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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Standing erect with arms straight down and hands pressed firmly on the wide, voluptuous hips, this sculpture presents a very commanding figure. Nearly the entire body is covered with beautiful designs, characteristic of the Galo Polychrome style. Only a few areas are left bare, most notable on the upper thighs and down the center of the legs, which makes the intricate patterns seem even more vivid. Deep-set almond eyes and full lips create the dramatic face. Bold red areas on the eyebrows, encircling the eyes, covering the nose and on the cheeks give the impression the figure is wearing a mask. The broad hips suggest a fertility aspect, though the sex of the person is not apparent. There is such strength emanating from this figure we may imagine it represents a prominent shaman or warrior-chief standing proudly against all enemies, including time, which has had no effect upon its beauty. - (PF.3861)

 

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