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Artist / Maker : Unknown Chorotega Artist
Title : Pre Columbian Seated Figure
Date (Execution) : pre 1200 A.D.
Geographical Origin : Costa Rica
Cultural Group : Chorotegan
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Medium / Material  : Polychrome terra cotta (indigenous clay and ochres)
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Object Type : figurines
Visual Description : This is an exceptionally fine example of a Pre Columbian terra cotta chest amulet from the Nicoya Peninsula on the Northwest Coast of what is now Costa Rica. The Seated Figure is a reference to an interceding deity and has spiritual and ceremonial significance. The drilled holes on either side of the neck in this piece indicate the way the figure would have been suspended and worn around the neck by a priest of the Chorotega culture. The nostrils are carefully carved out which is in keeping with the aesthetic choices found in this region in the Pre Columbian era. This terra cotta figure was also carefully painted with the stylized iconography referring to the mountains of the area; home of the gods of this culture. The modelling and painting of this work demonstrates a high level of skill and artistic expression. This terra cotta figure has been extremely well cared for and is in museum quality condition.
Accession # : U007.4.1
Width (cm) : 7.00
Height (cm) : 9.00
Depth (cm) : 9.00
Mandatory Credit : Gift of Thurston Lacalli
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