Pre-Columbian, Central America, Costa Rica, Guanacaste / Nicoya region, ca. 200 to 600 CE. A beautiful figural amulet which has been meticulously carved from mottled white stone with beige and dark-grey veins coursing throughout. The figure is shown squatting atop an integral conical plinth with arms wrapped around bent knees, a corseted neck, and a horizontal suspension hole biconically-drilled through the neck. The enlarged head exhibits string-cut details which form the slit-form eyes, bulbous nose and delineated nostrils, grooved nasolabial folds, thin lips, and wide forehead, and the string-cut coiffure boasts several encircled grooves. A fine example from ancient Costa Rica! Size: 1.875" W x 6.2" H (4.8 cm x 15.7 cm); 6.875" H (17.5 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: ex-private Miami, Florida, USA collection, acquired in 1980
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Area of repair to lowest tip of conical body with small chips and light adhesive residue along break lines. Minor abrasions and chips to head, body, and conical base, with light softening to some finer details. Light earthen deposits throughout.