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Basalt Sculpture Of A Standing Masked Figure - PF.2755
Origin: Costa Rica (Atlantic Watershed)
Circa: 1000 AD to 1550 AD
Dimensions: 29.5" (74.9cm) high
Catalogue: V13
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Basalt


Location: United States
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Carved from a single piece of volcanic rock, this is an exquisite example of the Ancient Pre- Columbian sculptural artistry of the Atlantic Watershed Zone in Costa Rica. This male figure stands proud and tall wearing an elaborate three-tiered headdress and an intimidating alligator mask with snarling teeth. A bar-and- tube shaped necklace adorns his chest, possibly representing the jade tube necklaces worn by the Costa Rican Indians. His hands circle his waist as he stands firmly on the ground gracing us with his powerful and dignified presence. His high rank and power are evident from his solemn pose. It is very likely that he was a chieftain and a strong leader. Whatever the position of this dynamic man may have been in Meso-American culture, his powerful inner force transcends through time and captivates our imagination. - (PF.2755)

 

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