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Lot 0179
**Originally Listed At $800**

Pre-Columbian, Costa Rica, Atlantic Watershed Region, ca 800 to 1200 CE. A chilling reminder of the fate that the loser in hand-to-hand combat faced in ancient Costa Rica! A skillfully carved human head mortar representing the "trophy" that was removed from the loser with a deep depression at the upper end so that it could be used as a ceremonial mortar as well as another depression on the underside, presumably to make a balanced form. Carved of volcanic basalt with boldly delineated facial features. Size: 7.25" W x 8.5" H (18.4 cm x 21.6 cm)

Provenance: Ex-private , San Francisco, CA Collection

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#119776

Condition

Expected wear with old losses to rim, left cheek, lips, and other high relief peripheries as shown. White mineral deposits on the surface.

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Large Important Costa Rican Stone Head Mortar

Estimate $1,600 - $2,400Dec 20, 2018
Louisville, CO, USA