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U991.15.36
Artist / Maker : Unknown
Title : Untitled (Figure)
Date (Execution) : 1000-1550
Geographical Origin : Diquis Delta, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Cultural Group : Diquis
Style / Period : Pre-Columbian
Medium / Material  : Ceramic; paint
Support / Technique :
Object Type : figurines
Visual Description : Standing figure with large feet, short legs and flattened body, and carrying a water jug on the back. Arms curved, hands on hips. Body and head are hollow and contain pellets. The head is stylized; it is triangular in shape with a sharp projecting profile. The nose is fused with the forehead. The open mouth is set back, and the chin is receding, giving the face the resemblance of a rodent. Slightly raised area indicate ears, breasts and buttocks. Neck and ears are perforated transversly to facilitate suspension and ornaments. Another perforation occurs between the buttocks, making the pellet visible. The water container is represented realistically; it is securely attached to the back of the figure and has a central opening. The decoration is executed in black and red paint on a cream slip which is applied to the entire surface. Black is the prevailing colour. Three horizontal lines, one in red and two in black, run across the face and over the nose between the perforations in the neck and the external auditory openings.
Accession # : U991.15.36
Width (cm) : 7.50
Height (cm) : 8.50
Depth (cm) : 3.30
Mandatory Credit : Gift of William and Henrietta Schmidt
Artist Statement :