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Green Stone Mask - PF.2497
Origin: Costa Rica
Circa: 800 AD to 1200 AD
Dimensions: 5.5" (14.0cm) high
Catalogue: V8
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Green Stone

Location: United States
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This dramatic mask is a stunning example of the creativity and artistic skill of the Pre-Columbian people of Costa Rica. Masterfully carved from green stone, this expressive mask probably symbolized a death head. A series of small perforations around the perimeter suggests that it was sewn onto something, either a large effigy figure or, more likely, a funerary bundle. Powerfully primitive and strikingly modern, this carved stone mask represents a vibrant link between the past and the present, between life and death. How fortunate we are to be able to experience its cosmic energy, a force that truly transcends our mortal boundaries. - (PF.2497)


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