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Stone Mace Head - PF.4381
Origin: Costa Rica
Circa: 100 AD to 500 AD
Dimensions: 3" (7.6cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Basalt


Location: UAE
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The mace head is a common object, as well as an important one in the eyes of ancient Costa Rica. It represents uncommon strength, power and stability in a world that was extremely divided and unsettled. The artist creates a simple object out of one of the most durable materials found. The carving and smoothing of the object create a work of art that becomes a pleasure for both the eyes and hands that glide across the piece. The face itself on the mace head lends a sense of awe and ferocity to the object. The large hollowed eyes, nostrils and mouth create the ultimate expressive face that can be admired and the workmanship respected for many years to come. - (PF.4381)

 

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