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Guanacaste Sculpture of a Monkey - PF.3802
Origin: Guanacaste Zone, Costa Rica
Circa: 500 AD to 800 AD

Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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At the same time ceramic artists were decorating vessels and sculptures with paint, objects were also made in solid black slip ornamented with detailed incising known as Huerta Incised. In this category are full form figures, human effigy heads and zoomorphic representations. This sculpture depicts a figure with a monkey-like face and bloated belly. Its hands are carefully placed on either side of the abdomen. The legs are solid for firm support with vertical ridges, presumably to give the effect of an animal's paws. Thickly applied appliqué, especially the mouth, and eyes add an expressive touch. The curious cap, which resembles the button of a mushroom, is incised and marked with small holes. Why this sculpture was made will probably forever remain a mystery; though it is no mystery why we enjoy its charm and personality. - (PF.3802)


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