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Terracotta Seated Female - PF.4309
Origin: Costa Rica
Circa: 500 AD to 800 AD
Dimensions: 5.75" (14.6cm) 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. She sits in a casual pose while looking straight at us. The hands are on her hips, a popular pose in a figure such as this one. Though very small no detail has been lost on this piece, which is an example of the craftsmanship of the artist. She 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. Large ear spools adorn her ears and her eyes are opened wide and alert. There is also a hallowed out hole that once allowed her to be suspended from the neck. She possesses a sense of liveliness and a seductiveness that immediately captures our hearts and imaginations. - (PF.4309)


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