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Pre-Columbian, northwestern Costa Rica, Guanacaste-Nicoya, Middle Polychrome period, ca. 800 to 1200 CE. A fine hand-built ceramic bowl decorated with painted polychrome details. The wide circular bowl has a deep basin and a large, flaring foot. Two abstract zoomorphic handles - vaguely resembling frogs with their upper bodies raised - sit opposite each other on the body. These handles are large, occupying most of the height of the bowl from the rim to the foot. Around the body is a series of painted human figures, shown in profile from the center of the chest up, with elaborate headdresses and other ornaments. They are within a border created by two registers of step-like forms in red, orange, and cream, each outlined in black, that resemble the sides of Mesoamerican pyramids. The foot and rim have thicker bands of color painted horizontally around them against a creamy white ground, while the handles are black with orange and red stripes. Size: 14" W x 9.45" H (35.6 cm x 24 cm)

The Guanacaste had cultural contact with the Maya to their north and east, and their iconography speaks to a shared belief system. The human figures depicted here adorn themselves in feathers and jewelry that would have been recognizable as elite throughout Mesoamerica. This vessel would have been buried with its owner, signifying his or her wealth and importance in society.

Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection

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Hairline fissure down the rim on one side. Otherwise in nice condition with excellent preserved motifs. Light wear commensurate with age including some chips and nicks.

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Large Costa Rican Polychrome Bowl w/ Zoomorphic Handles

Estimate $3,000 - $4,500Oct 03
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Louisville, CO, USA