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Vessel in the Form of a Saurian Deity - PF.3661
Origin: Costa Rica
Circa: 500 AD to 1000 AD
Dimensions: 16.5" (41.9cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta


Location: United States
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Description
The spiked rim around the opening of the vessel cleverly gives the impression of alligator scudes. Appliqu├ęd eyes look downwards, the mouth is open slightly to accentuate the sharp teeth, which are further highlighted by a black line around the lips_ Two curly-cues on the upper lip serve as nostrils and also as ornamental details to the thick, curved nose. The figure touches his left hand against his forehead, while holding onto a gourd rattle with his right, pressed firmly against his chest. Tattoo markings stand boldly against the red slip. A thick band encircles the torso composed of two slim bands of white bordered by black lines, with the center segmented by wavy white lines. A triangle with a white circle in the middle is positioned so the tip points towards the navel. Four small white circles in a vertical line extend up the legs, offering a nice counterbalance to the pellets around the ankles. The legs are short and squat, with a 'tail' at the back for support, creating a tripod effect. Human figures wearing either alligator or bat masks represent shamans in ritual dress, captured by the sculptor in a moment of performance or dance. - (PF.3661)

 

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