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Vessel Depicting a Three Dimensional Animal - PF.3344
Origin: Costa Rica (Guanacaste)
Circa: 1200 th Century AD to 1550 th Century AD
Dimensions: 10.5" (26.7cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

$7,500.00
Location: United States
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Description
On this masterpiece of composition and emotion springs forth an animal that looks similar to a squirrel with its powerful arms holding an object in the tight clamp of its mouth. There are extreme emotions felt in this piece through the color, the stories told through the banding, and the powerful three-dimensional animal, which holds a significant symbolic meaning. The artist's depiction exemplifies this culture's belief that animals contain a sense of majesty and power through jagged lines that form the composition of the mouth, which is full. Power is also conveyed through the patterning on the head, strong blackness on the eyes, and the swirling shapes on the ears; showing us how highly animals were revered and thought of as able to hear all, as well as see all. Over the head are layers of banding that force us to keep turning the pot to find the story on the other side. The top band is made of very angular crosshatched lines, and swirling arched lines. The eye shape on the reverse of the pot reminds us of the evil eye, a spirit capable of keeping harm away from one's self. On the last banding, two colors are intertwined to show the coexistence of life and death at the same time, and to emphasize that one animal may have the power to protect eternally. Throughout generations there is a symbol for a "protector", passing from the evil eye to a mighty animal. This magnificent depiction of a revered animal serves as a symbol of power as well as becoming an eternal protector to those that are worthy. - (PF.3344)

 

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