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Polychrome Seated Female Sculpture - PF.4290
Origin: Costa Rica
Circa: 500 AD to 800 AD
Dimensions: 10.75" (27.3cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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This beautiful sculpture represents the beauty of female fertility. This artifact most likely played an important role during fertility rituals. She may represent the ancestor of a member from the tribe. This particular figure is profound in its seductive and womanly design. The beauty of this sculpture is the way she is positioned. She is seated so that her anatomy is displayed. She has highly accentuated thighs and small stubs as feet. Her arms are long and narrow and loop round so that her hands rest on the upper thighs. Dark black lines highlight the breasts and each breast contains a hole that creates the effect of erectness. Her jaw is jutting forward possibly due to the pain that childbirth inspires. The eyebrows and nose give the face a peaceful countenance. This work of art is covered in geometrical tribal tattooing in red, orange and black. This female effigy embodies the essence of womanhood and fertility. She is a symbol of the grace and poise that is attained with becoming a woman. The Ancient Costa Ricans placed a great deal of energy creating fertility effigy vessels as a respectful gesture to emphasize the important role it played in their culture. - (PF.4290)


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