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Atlantic Watershed Basalt Trophy Head - PF.2793
Origin: Eastern Coast of Costa Rica
Circa: 100 AD to 1000 AD
Dimensions: 10.5" (26.7cm) high x 6.5" (16.5cm) wide x 8.5" (21.6cm) depth
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Basalt


Location: United States
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In Ancient Costa Rica, the sacrificing of captured enemies was an important ritual act. This trophy head arrayed in a fearsome alligator mask is highly unusual in nature, since most were of enemy warriors captured or slaughtered in battle. Only the most high-ranking people wore alligator masks. One wonders if this was a chieftain captured and sacrificed by enemies or simply a commemorative portraiture of a honored leader. Regardless of its past significance, the fierce and massive presence of this powerful personage is fascinating to the beholder. - (PF.2793)

 

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