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Atlantic Watershed Basalt Sukia Figure - PF.3215
Origin: Costa Rica
Circa: 1000 AD to 1550 AD
Dimensions: 13" (33.0cm) high x 7" (17.8cm) wide
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Basalt

Location: United States
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From the depths of the Costa Rican jungle, this sukia figure has emerged along with a fascinating religious concept. The sukia figure is most probably a shaman: a tribal medicine man or diviner. He is shown playing a flute, smoking or blowing through a tube. All of these ritual activities were carried out by shamans in Pre- Columbian Central America, but the latter two activities best describe what these seated figures are doing, perhaps as part of a curing ritual. It was most probably produced for ritual services. One might speculate that such sculpture was kept in an indigenous home for much the same reasons that a crucifix is hung on the wall of a modern Costa Rican home. The shaman's eyes are softly closed in a meditative state and his lips gently surround the tube that his hands and fingers perfectly hold in place. The composition of the figure is simple, yet radiates a tremendous aura of divinity and sanctity, similar to the Buddha figures of Eastern Asia. - (PF.3215)


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