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Atlantic Watershed Basalt Sukia Figure - PF.3609
Origin: Costa Rica
Circa: 1000 AD to 1500 AD
Dimensions: 13" (33.0cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Basalt

Location: United States
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Hunkered figures, known Sukias, have been described as shaman figures that show men in attitudes of contemplation and smoking a cigar, blowing and sucking through a tube, or playing a flute during ritual activities. Shamans in ancient Central America carried all of these activities out, and these figures were most likely sculpted as memorial figures. This Sukia figure is in a squatting position, holding a pipe-like object to his mouth. His mouth is exaggerated and elongated for the object, as if he is blowing into it. Like his seated pose, his face also expresses calm contemplation. Moreover, the minimal carving manner attributes a mysterious and spiritual quality to this wonderful artwork. His limbs are simply elongated, adding graceful essence to the entire form. He also wears a flat headdress, something that may be indicative of his identity or his rank. Seated in this historically significant position, this sculpture hints us of the ancient religious practice and customs. Magnificently sculpted by loving hands, this ancient beauty is to last for ages to come. - (PF.3609)


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