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Guanacaste-Nicoya Turkey Effigy Vessel - PF.3774
Origin: Guanacaste, Nicoya, Costa Rica
Circa: 500 AD to 1000 AD
Dimensions: 10" (25.4cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: UAE
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When one comes across a work of art that shows great uniqueness and rarity, one is immediately drawn to it due to both fascination and admiration. This is one such piece that evokes such feelings. The idea of the turkey is immediately present. The wings have been molded onto the vessel itself and the head and neck of the turkey has been applied onto the body of the vessel. The artist has painted onto the body of the vessel, the rest of the turkey, including the legs and the patterning of the feathers on the body. The polychrome helps to create a realistic interpretation of the bird, thus creating a connection with us due to its familiarity. It is this type of familiarity that charms us and demonstrates a link between us and an era long ago. - (PF.3774)


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