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Guanacaste-Nicoya Jade Figure-Celt - PF.4150
Origin: Western Costa Rica
Circa: 300 BC to 500 AD
Dimensions: 6" (15.2cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Style: Guanacaste-Nicoya
Medium: Jade

Location: United States
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The figure-celt was greatly revered in Upper Central America. The cult image was probably derived from Olmec anthropomorphic celts that were associated with earth, rain and thunderbolt. The celt was also a symbol of the rain and fire gods in other parts, such as Mexico. The deep color of the jade or jadeite is particularly striking, emphasizing the angular carvings of design on the hard, green stone. The artist, who created this piece, demonstrates great skill in the carving of this figure-celt reminding us of the importance of beliefs and symbolism. - (PF.4150)


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