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Huetar Culture Animal Effigy Vessel - PF.1192
Origin: Atlantic Watershed, Costa Rica
Circa: 900 AD to 1200 AD
Dimensions: 3.375" (8.6cm) high x 2.75" (7.0cm) wide
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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Though his expression is fierce, the plump body of this creature makes him more charming than fearsome. The short tail and rounded ears suggest that this might possibly be a bear, an animal sometimes found as far south as Costa Rica. He evokes for us a culture very aware of the natural world, one for which even the simplest object was worthy of decoration. To hold this little vessel is to touch that vanished world directly. - (PF.1192)


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