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Seated Female Effigy Vessel - PF.3887
Origin: Costa Rica
Circa: 800 AD to 1200 AD
Dimensions: 9" (22.9cm) high
Catalogue: V22
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: UAE
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This powerful vessel enlightens us to the idea of a powerful female figure or even a matriarchal society. Seated facing the viewer, she stares at you with deep penetrating eyes as if she can read what you are thinking. Her mouth is slightly ajar, tantalizing us with the possibility of revealing a secret while at the same time, revealing nothing. She comes across to us as an open person, her genitalia are revealed to us, leaving nothing of her to the imagination. The rich polychrome colors add to her beauty as do the adornments around her, such as her necklace and her other body decoration. At the back of the vessel, is another face that has been added, of equal power and intrigue as she? Though we will never know what she is trying to tell us, we will always be captivated by the curiosity and fascination that she brings. - (PF.3887)


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