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Guanacaste-Nicoya Jaguar Effigy Vessel - PF.3130
Origin: Guanacaste, Nicoya, Costa Rica
Circa: 1000 AD to 1450 AD
Dimensions: 5.25" (13.3cm) high x 13" (33.0cm) depth
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Style: Guanacaste-Nicoya
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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This zoomorphic effigy vessel has certain characteristics that resemble a jaguar, an animal this culture highly respected. The artist has depicted the animal with careful attention to detail. This animals pose is very human-like, as the front paws support the head and resemble human arms. Emanating from this work of art is a strong emotional relationship between orange, black, and creme colors. The jaguar lived amongst the Costa Rican people and although they worshipped it, they were also tremendously fearful of its possible actions. The artist shows these juxtaposed feelings with the open mouth; revealing both the sharp teeth this animal could hurt us with and the jovial grin on the jaguar's face. This vessel was most likely used in ceremonies of worship and rituals, because the clay balls in the mouth transform this vessel into a rattle. This vessel is decorated in an energetic, geometric style with order and logic to the patterns. The overlapping of angular lines makes this vessel look like an exquisitely woven basket. As we focus on the art of ancient times, we marvel at our ability to understand these cultures through their art. This piece is a breathtaking example of how one artist has preserved the sentiments of the time through the colors, line, and strength of the forms. - (PF.3130)


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