From the depths of the great Guanacaste-Nicoya
Zone of the culturally rich country of Costa Rica,
history and art combine to tell us a story. This
artistic jar may express one or many of the
ancient stories or mythologies relating to the
turkey buzzard. The turkey buzzard is
elaborately painted with wings and swirling
designs. The molded head leaps forward at us
with its horned beak and horn. The throat is
painted orange over the unusual molding.
Eyelashes and wide-open eyes add sensitivity
and charm to the turkey buzzard. The artist in
following the swelling contours of this pear-
shaped pedestal jar has paid careful attention.
The border on the top is filled with intricately
painted elements of various motifs. Below the
mouth rim, there is a row of geometric script
designs. Heavy black stripes tie together the top
and bottom of the jar. This jar may have served
an important function during shaman rituals.
The artistic ingenuity and beautiful shape of this
jar makes it a masterpiece of well-developed
skill and remarkable creativity.