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Guanacaste-Nicoya Terracotta Trophy Head - PF.3209
Origin: Guanacaste, Nicoya, Costa Rica
Circa: 500 AD to 800 AD
Dimensions: 9.75" (24.8cm) high x 7" (17.8cm) wide
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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There is a powerful aura, which surrounds this vessel with a mysterious story. The black masked eyes and grimacing mouth convey suffering or imprisonment. The alligator motif is clearer. It is placed on the vessel collar above parallel, wavy lines, which may symbolize water. During this period between 500AD and 800AD, Nicoya was defined as a buffer zone between Mesoamerica and tropical-forest cultures of the southern regions. There were sporadic intergroup resource competition and warfare. Head hunting and sacrifice of captives was common and may be indicative of population pressure or foreign intruders. Occasionally, a strong leader arose to form political control and defensive strategy. The leader organized several centers into an alliance for brief periods. Such a powerful leader may have once possessed this vessel in remembrance of the wars that he has won. - (PF.3209)


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