Pre-Columbian, Central America, Costa Rica, Guanacaste/Nicoya region, ca. 200 to 600 CE. An intriguing pendant depicting an abstract anthropomorphic figure, hand-carved from mottled sage-green stone with beige, citrine, and dark-grey inclusions. The tapering triangular body has a rounded forehead, a pair of biconically-drilled suspension holes representative of 'eyes,' a shallow drilled medallion centered on the chest, and a pair of parallel string-cut grooves delineating the waist. The rounded body projects out from one side and terminates in a rounded corner, and a large rectangular panel is string-cut into the obverse side. A carving seam along the verso shows how this was hewn from a larger piece of stone. The pendant hangs from a pair of gold-filled rings and a modern necklace strand and makes this a wearable example of a rare form from ancient Costa Rica! Modern necklace strand included. Size (pendant): 2.125" W x 3.3" H (5.4 cm x 8.4 cm); size (necklace): 22" L (55.9 cm).
Provenance: ex-private West Palm Beach, Florida, USA collection; ex-private Worham collection
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Wearable as shown. Stone pendant is ancient, and necklace strand and gold-filled rings are modern. Minor abrasions to obverse and reverse, with light softening to some finer details, otherwise intact and excellent. Light earthen deposits within suspension holes. Old adhesive label residue on verso.