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Guanacaste-Nicoya Avian Effigy Vessel - PF.4039
Origin: Costa Rica
Circa: 800 AD to 1500 AD
Dimensions: 12" (30.5cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: UAE
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One of the most fascinating subjects of the art of the Central American region is the diversity shown in the subject matter of the pieces and the fundamental interest in nature. This vessel represents a turkey. Its distinctive beak and neck are evident, while the legs and wings have been painted onto the body of the vessel. The shape of the vessel, with the bulbous center is a favorite in this area, and the subtle polychrome colors create an atmosphere of realism and allow the contours of the vessel to be more evident. The neck and base of the vessel itself, demonstrate the popular geometric designs of the area, exploring a wide field of possibilities, and with it, linking us directly to the past. - (PF.4039)


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