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Terracotta Trophy Head - PF.4126
Origin: Costa Rica
Circa: 500 AD to 800 AD
Dimensions: 11.5" (29.2cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta


Additional Information: SOLD

Location: UAE
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Description
Each vessel had a specific duty within the realms of ceremony. A vessel would either represent something or someone, depending on the ritual function. Therefore, the vessel itself had to maintain the highest of standards both in beauty and in functionality. This particular vessel represents the face of a man. The features are pronounced with the skill of a true sculptor while maintaining a sense of modesty. To add imagery to the ceremony, geometric decoration has been added to the cheek area, balancing the face with the vivid decoration around the neck of the vessel. The eyes in high relief add a distinct realistic quality to the face, bringing the vessel to life. The glaze adds a brilliance to the vessel, making the piece more noticeable, even from a distance, making it an extremely impressive piece, which can be seen no matter where it is placed. - (PF.4126)

 

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