Pre-Columbian, Costa Rica, Atlantic Watershed region, ca. 1000 to 1500 CE. A tall female figure, hand-carved from brittle grey volcanic stone, standing nude save for a belt incised with a chevron motif. The figure stands on bent, delineated legs and broad feet, with delineated female genitalia, a uniform torso, and carved spinal column and shoulder blades defining her feminine appearance. Both arms are bent towards flush breasts, with sloping shoulders leading upwards to a thick, squat neck. The face is relatively naturalistic compared to the stylized presentation of the body, with coffee-bean-shaped eyes, a triangular nose, thin lips, and cupped ears all beneath an incised coiffure which trails down the back of the head. The figure's eyes are depicted squinting, giving the impression that she has been carved to look not at the viewer but at some far-off world. Custom museum-quality display stand included. Size: 7" W x 17" H (17.8 cm x 43.2 cm); 17.25" H (43.8 cm) on included custom stand.
Pre-Columbian Costa Ricans created hand-carved volcanic stone sculptures that are enigmatic to us today. Human figures are depicted wearing items that may signify rank or show a social affiliation - presumably this figure's hat would have been instantly recognizable to people at that time.
Provenance: ex-collection of the late Peter Arnovick, San Francisco, California, USA
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Repair to small area of foot and left leg at knee. Surface wear and abrasions commensurate with age, losses to ears, nose, toes, and head, with fading to finer carved features. Light earthen deposits throughout.