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Stone Mace Head in the Form of a Monkey Head - CK.0725
Origin: Costa Rica
Circa: 1000 AD to 1500 AD
Dimensions: 4" (10.2cm) high x 4.5" (11.4cm) wide x 7" (17.8cm) depth
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Stone


Location: United States
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Functioning as a ceremonial badge of office or of a clan affiliation, this powerful mace head would have been mounted in a wooden staff and carried by its owner. The dramatic image of the monkey symbolizes the owner’s comparable qualities: courage and tenacity. To the Ancient Costa Ricans, the spider monkey was a revered animal, for it was believed that the monkey was actually a former warrior. This compelling mace head, with its imagery that is at once powerfully primitive and strikingly modern, continues to radiate its extraordinary energy – from past to present, it affects us in a most compelling manner. - (CK.0725)

 

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