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Kneeling Female Figure - PF.3995
Origin: Costa Rica
Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD
Dimensions: 14" (35.6cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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This beautiful sculpture, though slightly androgynous, shows the beauty and realism that can be found in art. The burnished red earthenware illuminates the creation and the details. The rounded body shows little musculature, yet this adds to the soft and rounded tones of the whole piece. The hips are accentuated, allowing the hands to be placed there. The rest of the leg is hidden and thus, very small. Each of the body parts are decorated with a geometric pattern this continues around the slightly molded area of the chest. The face is equally expressive as the decoration, with large almond eyes and high arched brows. The nose and mouth are small and linear which the very small ears, which are delicately hidden, also reflect. Her hair is also of interest, which is bunched on top and then parted in the middle. The back of the figure has no decoration, which suggests that the figure is meant to be seen from the front only. This and all the other beautiful components of this work of art allow the creativity of the artist to come to the forefront and demonstrate the style of an early era. - (PF.3995)


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