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Atlantic Watershed Circular Basalt Metate - PF.2814
Origin: Eastern Coast of Costa Rica
Circa: 700 AD to 1000 AD
Dimensions: 4.25" (10.8cm) high x 5.625" (14.3cm) depth
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Basalt

Location: United States
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The metate was originally used as a means of transforming maize into flour for human consumption. However, it was also used in religious rituals as a primary mortuary symbol, which promised rebirth and new life. This circular metate was most likely buried in the tomb of a powerful person as a tool of transformation in the human life cycle. Four human figures support the circular metate plate, which is decorated with whom this metate was buried. Was he a chieftain or a strong leader of great men? - (PF.2814)


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