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Lot 0536
**Originally Listed At $400**

Pre-Columbian, Northwest Costa Rica, Greater Nicoya, Middle Polychrome Period, ca. 800 to 1350 CE. The indigenous artists of the northwest coast of Costa Rica had an uncanny penchant for bringing magical creatures to life on their pottery. This Papagayo polychrome, concave footed, egg-shaped vessel features a lively bird/duck with outspread wings emerging in high relief from the exterior wall. The remainder of the vessel body is decorated with intricately delineated red and black stylized zoomorphic and geometric motifs against a beige ground. Papagayo Polychrome is a type of pottery characterized by polychrome design motifs delineated in orange, black, and red pigment on a creamy buff slip, depicting geometric patterns and/or stylized representations of mythological animals - as we see on this example. Size: 8.25" in diameter x 10.75" H (21 cm x 27.3 cm)

Provenance: ex-private Pearson collection, Denver, Colorado, USA

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Beak and head of bird reattached. Chips to rim and foot as shown. Probe hole to upper section of wall. A few minor misfired areas to the vessel body. Normal surface wear with scuffs to pigment commensurate with age. Scattered mineral deposits to the body of the vessel and liberal manganese on underside of foot.

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Costa Rican Pottery Vessel with Avian

Estimate $800 - $1,200Oct 17
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Louisville, CO, USA