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Guanacaste-Nicoya Stone Sculpture of a Skull - PF.3719
Origin: Guanacaste, Nicoya, Costa Rica
Circa: 500 AD to 1000 AD
Dimensions: 11" (27.9cm) high
Catalogue: V18
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Stone

Location: United States
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Stone heads played a crucial role in cult rituals in Ancient Costa Rica. Made of solid stone, they were an ominous force and even today, they seem to have a generally foreboding quality. The red rivulets displayed, suggest the use of cinnabar during the ritual act. To have the teeth showing, heightens its forbidding nature but also lends itself to curiosity. Though we cannot be exact in our information concerning the ritual behind this work, we can feel a latent power and strength within the piece that the artist has created, and thus feel a reverence and respect to both art and its creator. - (PF.3719)


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