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Basalt Trophy Head - PF.2792
Origin: Eastern Coast of Costa Rica
Circa: 100 AD to 500 AD
Dimensions: 7.5" (19.1cm) high x 5.75" (14.6cm) wide x 6.5" (16.5cm) depth
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Basalt


Location: United States
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As the inhabitants of Ancient Costa Rica increased, fertile lands became scarce and highly valued stimulating competition. This trophy head may represent a captured enemy sacrificed to complete the cycle of agricultural fertility, a sacred cult in Ancient Costa Rica. His elaborate rounded coiffure distinguishes him as a person of high rank. The simple, yet thoughtful sculptural rendering of this warrior conveys a powerful solemn character. - (PF.2792)

 

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