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Costa Rican Stone Sculpture of a Armadillo - PF.4454
Origin: Costa Rica
Circa: 500 AD to 1000 AD
Dimensions: 3.25" (8.3cm) high x 5.75" (14.6cm) depth
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Stone


Location: United States
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Description
Artists from all cultures and throughout history have delighted in depicting animals. In Ancient Costa Rica animals was a popular subject matter- particularly the jaguar, alligator, snake and armadillo. Carving in hard stone was relatively rare compared to pottery and work in basalt. This charming example shows that curious and delightful creature, so reminiscent of dinosaurs on a small scale! Its form is quite abstract, each detail carefully done to give the maximum effect with a minimum of line. The armor plates front and rear are simple and effective, heightened by the curved bands in the center; which gives a sense of movement. The feet are cleverly curled underneath, adding a further dimension to the overall piece. Most engaging are the eyes, simply cut in a sickle shape and wonderfully expressive. It is always very satisfying to discover an object an artist took obvious pleasure in creating. - (PF.4454)

 

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