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Guanacaste-Nicoya Jaguar Effigy Vessel - PF.3781
Origin: Costa Rica
Circa: 1200 AD to 1550 AD
Dimensions: 15.5" (39.4cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: UAE
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This beautiful vessel is the ultimate example of Costa Rican skill and craftsmanship in this region. This three-footed vessel is in a gourd shape, which then becomes square at the very top of the vessel. The decoration itself is done in a register form, which then includes both geometric patterns and zoomorphic patterns. These decorations are found along the arms and legs of the vessel as well as at the back and on the front, under the protruding face. The polychrome design adds both interest and intrigue into a piece that could have had so many functions and uses. Nevertheless, such a piece is valuable to us because of its rich past and what it can tell us of that past, with rituals, and other important functions that were important parts of life then. - (PF.3781)


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