Sometimes during this period extraordinary
basalt statues began to appear. This marked a
significant artistic innovation directly related to
dramatic alterations in the political and social
structure of Costa Rica. Many of these
sculptures emphasized fertility and sexuality.
This fabulous sculpture is overtly sexual,
showing a naked female holding her breasts.
The sacrificing is done in a checkerboard pattern
flows around her neck and down the center of
the upper arms. Her lovely cap is so finely
textured it transcends the bounds of stone and
appears like soft suede. Her hair is fringed at
the forehead and falls straight down her back in
a style seen in both men and women.
Particularly interesting are the horizontal bars
used for kneecaps, and small knobs to depict
ankles. See-through holes in the ears also
cleverly give the impression of large earspools.
All of these attributes indicate this woman was a
member of the upper class of society. From a
sculptor's talented hands, volcanic stone was
turned into a noble female figure, which is as
powerful as the earth from which she was born.