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Galo Polychrome Seated Female Figure - PF.3580
Origin: Costa Rica
Circa: 500 AD to 1000 AD
Dimensions: 10" (25.4cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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This seated female figure comes from the Guanacaste-Nicoya polychrome tradition, the Galo polychrome style. Its mirror-bright burnished surfaces are technically unsurpassed by any Pre-Columbian pottery, and yellows, reds, oranges, creams, maroons, and blacks of the polychrome decorations are impressively vivid. Among such sculptures are the full human figures with elaborate representations of tattoos or body paint. Such brilliant polychrome tradition represent an important social dimension; when the northern trade network that brought jade, slate-backed pyrite mirrors, foreign ceramics, and other luxury goods, the Nicoyans responded by producing their own special purpose pottery. Inspired by northern models, it also incorporated local and southern elements, forming a dazzling hybrid style that was traded around Central America and southern Meso-America in the centuries to come. Elaborately decorated with colors and patterns, this sculpted female sits on a raised, throne-like seat like a dignified noble woman or a priestess. A fine example of Galo polychrome figures, she provides a wealth of ethnographic detail because of the realistic style. Her headdress, earspools, and body painting or tattooing are all vividly shown. Her upper chest and the shoulders are decorated with intricate cross-hatching pattern, perhaps indicative of her high status or rank in her society. Moreover, her entire legs are enhanced in the similar manner. Seated on a chair, she seems to glow with her grace and poise. With her face held up straight, she is clearly conscious of her feminine existence and beauty. - (PF.3580)


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