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Basalt Trophy Head - PF.2812
Origin: Eastern Coast of Costa Rica
Circa: 100 AD to 1000 AD
Dimensions: 9" (22.9cm) high x 7.5" (19.1cm) wide x 8.5" (21.6cm) depth
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Basalt


Location: United States
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The taking of trophy heads during warfare and the sacrificial beheading of captives seem to have been an important part of Ancient Costa Rican ritual. The elaborate geometric coiffure of this warrior indicates that he was a person of high rank and importance. The simple yet thoughtful sculptural rendering evokes a peaceful expression that exudes a sense of immortality. One wonders if this was a trophy head of an enemy who had been captured and sacrificed to the gods to generate agricultural fertility. - (PF.2812)

 

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