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Standing Masked Shaman - PF.4162
Origin: Costa Rica
Circa: 300 BC to 500 AD
Dimensions: 18" (45.7cm) high
Catalogue: V22
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta


Location: UAE
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Description
The Shaman was an essential part of the everyday running of the ancient community. As protector and healer, the Shaman had rare and special powers that were greatly respected as well as protected. This particular vessel shows the Shaman with a jaguar mask on his head, hiding his identity and evoking the spiritual world. It is this part of the work which requires the most attention, therefore the reason for the tremendous detail. In his hands he holds his chest, suggesting that he is pigeon-chested. Though completely nude, his body is decorated with geometric incisions, helping to balance the designs between the elaborate face and the simple body structure. As a complete body of work, the artist has successfully created a spiritually powerful piece. - (PF.4162)

 

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