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Guanacaste-Nicoya Avian Effigy Vessel - PF.0434
Origin: Guanacaste, Nicoya, Costa Rica
Circa: 800 AD to 1200 AD
Dimensions: 12" (30.5cm) high
Catalogue: V2
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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Freely adapted from late Maya and Toltec pottery styles in Mesoamerica, this vase, with its central motif of a curved-beak bird, has a colorful presence of its own. Pseudo-glyph panels are painted on the neck, and a large, mysterious medallion hangs suspended below the fierce head of the bird (perhaps an eagle). Whether or not the artist understood what he was creating, he endowed this vase with a vital, original energy. - (PF.0434)


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