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Terracotta Seated Masked Female - PF.4308
Origin: Costa Rica
Circa: 500 AD to 800 AD
Dimensions: 6" (15.2cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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Women are the promise of life. They are fertility with a human face. Surely this charming female figurine was associated with ancient fertility rites. However, this female is noticeably a zoomorphic creature taking on the aspects of the woman's fertility pose. The owl-like bird sits in a casual pose while looking straight at us. The hands are on her hips, a popular pose in fertility figures. Though very small no detail has been lost on this piece, which is an example of the craftsmanship of the artist. This owl-like animal captivates us with her harmonious fullness of form and the effective momentum of her designs. The interlocking mat patterns may be indicative of dress or body painting or the animal coat. Her face is very broad with small dots along the front in tribal patterns. The mouth and eyes are extremely captivating. The eyes are opened wide and alert looking straight ahead. The mouth is full and sensual painted in blood red. The ears are perked out and are in the shape of mouse’s ears. This zoomorphic creature possesses a sense of liveliness and a seductiveness that immediately captures our hearts and imaginations. - (PF.4308)


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