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Zoomorphic Effigy Jar - PF.3788
Origin: Costa Rica
Circa: 1200 AD to 1550 AD
Dimensions: 12" (30.5cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: UAE
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This large pear-shaped jar stands on hollow rattle tripod legs, two of which are modeled to represent an animal's hind legs. A third leg in the form of a tail is at the rear. Two short hollow forelegs loop out from the sides of the body with paws resting on the hind legs. A serrated collar surrounds the open mouth exposing white fangs. The legs and tail are painted with a floral representation with a black background. The neck on the vessel is done in registers with both floral and geometric motifs. The colors are subtle, allowing the various representations to be seen clearly. The artist remained clear in his intentions for this piece, and used accuracy and precise techniques, creating a true work of art of the ancient era. - (PF.3788)


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