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Terracotta Rabbit Effigy Vessel - PF.4158
Origin: Costa Rica
Circa: 1200 AD to 1400 AD

Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta


Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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Description
Artists, who worked in a style known to archaeologists as Pataky, developed a technique of combining sculptured relief with fine painting on a lovely white slip background. This sophisticated ceramic work is clearly seen in this fine vessel. The rabbit head extends from the side of the middle portion. It's arms and legs are highly stylized and very effective, utilizing the curves of the limbs to create a flowing movement. On the middle portion of the collar there is a repeated pattern of very fine animals, similar to peccaries, with their heads turned over their shoulders. Animals were a very popular theme in ceramic art, and used on both ritual/burial objects and household items. The quality of this vessel testifies to its having been made for someone of the elite ruling class. - (PF.4158)

 

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