Pre-Columbian, Costa Rica, Nicoya Peninsula, ca. 1000 to 1500 CE. An intriguing Janus-headed pottery vessel finished in a light-brown slip with intricately-incised geometric motifs along the exterior. The piece is comprised of two "dragon" heads - each with hemispherical eyes, bared teeth, elongated snouts, and spiralized chins - sharing a spherical body with a circular opening for storage, standing upon a trio of conical legs. A wonderful and unusual example from the ancients of Costa Rica. Size: 5" L x 3" H (12.7 cm x 7.6 cm).
Provenance: private Littleton, Colorado, USA collection
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Repaired from multiple pieces with some restoration, resurfacing, and overpainting along break lines. Expected surface wear commensurate with age, small chips to feet, body, and dragon faces, and light discoloration, otherwise very good. Light earthen deposits throughout.