Pre-Columbian, Central America, Costa Rica, Atlantic Watershed, ca. 800 to 1200 CE. A charming simian figure standing with delineated legs atop broad feet, hand-carved from porous volcanic stone of a grey-beige hue. The portly monkey bears a rotund abdomen, holds a small object in both hands, and has sloped shoulders that narrow to form the stocky neck. The raised head exhibits squinting, coffee-bean-shaped eyes beneath raised brows, a broad nose with huge nostrils, protruding ears, and pursed lips, and a thick tail curves up from the posterior to just behind the back of the head. Size: 3.25" W x 7.25" H (8.3 cm x 18.4 cm)
Provenance: private Bloomington, Indiana, USA collection of college professor; Ex Sotheby's sold on 3/6/1971 Lot 67
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Repaired from multiple pieces, with small chips and light adhesive residue along break lines. Minor nicks and abrasions to legs, arms, body, tail, and head, with softening to some finer details, and light encrustations. Nice earthen deposits throughout.