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Vessel in the Form of a Seated Saurian Deity - PF.3966
Origin: Costa Rica
Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD
Dimensions: 16.5" (41.9cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta


Location: United States
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Description
Many vessels found today from the ancient world were important ceremonial pieces, often containing offerings. This vessel is one such piece and is created in a reptilian form that was particularly common at the time. The figure stands erect on two feet, yet a third support is added for further stability. Within these legs are small balls allowing the vessel to create a sound when moved. The small hands clasp onto the chest, while wing-like additions appear from just behind the arms. The head is especially beautiful, with the decoration done in appliqué. Direct attention is placed on the nose, where the nostrils, scales and the teeth are clearly displayed. At the top of the head, the perforated neck of the vessel appears and ends with a flared lip. As a whole, the piece is an excellent example of the style and dedication found in the ancient works of art in Costa Rica. - (PF.3966)

 

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