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Basalt Trophy Head - PF.4735
Origin: Costa Rica
Circa: 500 AD to 1000 AD
Dimensions: 8.25" (21.0cm) high x 7" (17.8cm) wide x 8" (20.3cm) depth
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Basalt

Location: Great Britain
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The warrior class of ancient Costa Rica utilized art to their advantage by employing talented sculptors and ceramic artists to represent themselves and their exploits in the medium of stone and terracotta. 'Imperishable' materials such as volcanic stone were usually reserved for objects intended as funerary accouterments; though items of such durable substances designed for household use cannot be ruled out. Some freestanding trophy heads, such as this excellent example, may be stone versions of the shrunken heads of captives taken in battle. Warriors would proudly display these prizes as symbols of victory, and wish for their trophies to be immortalized in stone. This head is in the classic style, with thin slits for eyes, bold elongated chin and small textured cap. It is possible this head is a portrait of a great warrior himself. Whether captive or conqueror, the proud bearing and handsome features makes this head a noble example of the ancient Costa Rican male. - (PF.4735)


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