Pre-Columbian, Costa Rica, Guanacaste / Nicoya region, ca. 200 to 600 CE. A hand-carved and string-cut jade figure depicting a transforming shaman - part man, part jaguar - with an expressive visage comprised of wide-opened, circular eyes, flaring nostrils, an open mouth bearing gnashing teeth, and pointy ears, paws held up to chest, squatting on his haunches with nicely delineated limbs. Laterally perforated at the neck to be worn as a pendant. Size: 4" H (10.2 cm)
Costa Rica is one of the two regions in which jade was extensively carved in the Pre-Columbian era. This example was cut and carved from an inherently beautiful stone boasting rich green hues mottled with russet and white inclusions.
Provenance: Ex-Private Kentucky Collection
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