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Guanacaste-Nicoya Avian Effigy Vessel - PF.3338
Origin: Guanacaste, Nicoya, Costa Rica
Circa: 1200 AD to 1550 AD
Dimensions: 10.75" (27.3cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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The beauty of this vessel is seen in the brilliant orange, creme, red, and black tones. The colors bring this three dimensional bird to life. The almond shaped eyes outlined with black, and the red circles on the neck outlined in white show the strength this bird possesses. Although the head is the only dimensional area, the movement of the wings looks as if the bird will emerge and take flight. This movement comes from the patterns of solid color versus dotted lines on the wings, the banding around the neck of the vessel, and the circular rings at the base. The circular rings may have symbolized eternity, thus symbolizing the majesty of this creature. This bird is a breathtaking representation of eternal power through the artistic techniques of coloration and line formation. - (PF.3338)


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