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U991.15.42
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 : Stylized figurine in sitting posture with widespread legs which terminate in blunt cones. Arms are curved and rest on legs. Head is triangular and has projecting profile. Light modelling indicates breasts and ears. The open mouth is set back, the chin is lacking, giving the face the resemblance of a rodent. Neck is perforated transversely to facilitate suspension. The underside of the body is triply perforated "as if for the purpose of fixing the figure in an upright position to some support." Of the decoration, originally executed in black and red paint on a cream slip only traces are left. The traces indicate that the figurine was painted in the characteristic style. Part of these are still visible, as the horizontal line in red running from ear to ear across the tip of the nose, and a second area in red across the open mouth. Traces of black paint appear on the upper arms, the abdomen and eyes. On the back of the figurine a horizontal line in red denotes the waist.
Accession # : U991.15.42
Width (cm) : 3.20
Height (cm) : 3.80
Depth (cm) : 2.50
Mandatory Credit : Gift of William and Henrietta Schmidt
Artist Statement :