This figure is a poignant example of the respect
women attained in this ancient culture. This
female effigy sculpture is standing in an erect
and sturdy position. She is a very assuring
individual. Her shoulders protrude out and loop
around with her hands placed on her stomach.
The most striking feature is the body tattooing.
It is intricate in design, but balanced in its
artistic rendering. Black wavy vertical lines begin
on the right side of her body covering one breast
and then stopping at the waist. This design
begins again on the opposite (left) leg. The left
side of her chest is patterned after the print of an
animal. This pattern also stops at the waist and
then continues on the opposite leg. The tattoo is
a pattern of black spots in the middle of stylized
diamond shapes. To emphasis these designs and
create a balance of serenity and peace the artist
was very conscious to create an evenness and
fluidity by paying close attention to the colors
and the tattoos itself. The hands and feet are
both painted in red. The waistband and her
pubic region are covered in geometrical patterns.
She has a beautiful design on her forehead and
cheeks that highlight her wonderful features.
Her mouth is partially opened and the lips are
painted in red. Her eyes are wide-open staring
straightforward evoking wisdom and knowledge.
The eyes are painted in black and the eyebrows
increase the depth of the power of this face. Her
ears are pierced adorned with red ear spools.
The waistband wraps around the whole of her
figure. The designs on this figure are a
mystery to our twentieth century knowledge of
Pre-Colombian art. Could these tribal tattoos be
the prints of animals from the Costa Rican
jungle? Or are these the patterns of a high-
ranking fertility Goddess? Whether we ever find
the answers to these questions, we can still
appreciate the bold lines and patterns that this
talented artist rendered.