The massive stone head with a stoic face carries
an unusual ambience and weight. Although the
head is depicted with simple incision lines, one
cannot escape its poignant sense of presence.
Estranged from the body, the stone head's
almond-shaped eyes and beautifully crafted
mouth create an esoteric mystery. The hair is
rendered in an incised pattern that is flat on top.
However, directly on top is a small monkey
grasping onto the hair as if clinging to its
mother. Such a stone head is a symbol of human
sacrificial rituals that were common in Ancient
Costa Rica. During this period, people took
trophy heads in battles for human sacrifice
because they believed that such practice was
necessary to maintain the agricultural fertility.
Because of the strong belief in human sacrifice
and pleasing the gods, conquests and wars
became their fight to obtain the perfect victim
for the sacrifice. The unique coiffure suggests
that the sculpture is an image of a specific
individual. The idea of the Costa Rican rainforest
is enhanced with the small monkey who sits on
top of the head that also brings a distinct
uniqueness to the piece without allowing it to
lose its significance.