This remarkable seated figure is a fine example
of the Huerta ware that flourished during the
first part of Period V. The black slip and
engraved incisions classify the figure as Huerta
ware. The enigmatic expression and peculiar
posture at once captivates our attention. The
figure appears to be clenching his or her teeth
together. This may have had symbolic
significance to the ancient people of Costa Rica.
The hands are placed on the stomach and the
feet are set closely together. This posture may
have been important during rituals. The incised
complex geometric designs filled with white
pigment are very precisely engraved. Water
symbols appear on the forehead and arched
designs caress the cheeks. Holes have been
drilled where earspools may have been inserted.
The incisions engraved on the body add further
mystery to the piece. A world of long forgotten
rituals and symbols lie dormant within this
impressive work of art.