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Stone Skull - PF.4354
Origin: Costa Rica
Circa: 500 AD to 1000 AD
Dimensions: 53.5" (135.9cm) high
Catalogue: v22
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: stone


Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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This stone sculpture of a skull shows the marvelous Meso-American talent for rendering human likeness and holding a high regard for the dead. This skull is thought to be a representation of the god of the underworld; a skull that was once used in important places of worship such as the temple. This skull was used on special occasions to remember the important god of the underworld, protector of the dead, and the ancestors of the worshippers. This representation shows the artists reverence for the gods as well as the dead, due to the anatomically correct representation of their facial features. This artist depicts the Meso-American belief of the continuation of life, and the eternal of the spirit through the artistic choice to use this hard stone, because it is indestructible and everlasting. A significant aspect of the skull is the concave are area of the cheeks and eyes, because it shows space where herbs and spices were placed for worshipping this god of the underworld. The Meso-American artist has magnificently carved this hard stone, and realistic depiction of the god of the underworld reflects this culture and their reverence for the dead. - (PF.4354)

 

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