Pre-Columbian, Costa Rica, Nicoya Region, Guanacaste, Period V to VI, ca. 800 to 1200 CE. A hollow-cast female polychrome effigy, seated atop delineated conical legs and a flat base. Her rotund torso and perky breasts denote her feminine nature when combined with her slightly forward-leaning posture, and curved arms rest gently on her ample hips. Her visage is comprised of concentric ovoid eyes, a petite nose, and a red-painted mouth with several miniscule teeth, all beneath curved eyebrows and an enlarged head with a black-painted coiffure. Adorned in thick layers of red, black, and cream pigments, this is a wonderful example from ancient Costa Rica! Size: 4.625" W x 6" H (11.7 cm x 15.2 cm).
Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection; ex-private collection of Dr. Saul Tuttman & Gregory Siskind, New York, New York, USA
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Restoration to much of head from forehead upwards. Surface wear and abrasions commensurate with age, light overpainting to some areas of pigmentation, small nicks to base, legs, arms, and head, and some fading to pigmentation. Light earthen and mineral deposits throughout.