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Seated Female Figure - PF.3147
Origin: Costa Rica (Guanacaste)
Circa: 500 AD to 800 AD
Dimensions: 8.25" (21.0cm) high x 6" (15.2cm) wide
Catalogue: V15
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

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One can only think that this special female is the idealized beauty of the ancient Costa Ricans. She is stunning! Her aquiline features epitomize the ancient Western and Mediterranean view of idealized beauty that has been sculpted and painted for centuries by all artistic geniuses. Her high cheekbones are glamorous and she has full sensual lips. She has a distinguished chin, which reflects her self-assurance and aristocratic intelligence. Her delicate, small nose is perfectly set between her wide radiant eyes. Her coiffure is drawn back from the forehead in a halo like shape, and ear spools are prominent. The extensive symmetrical body painting is striking. She appears to be a goddess of the jungle camouflaged in her habitat. Her hands are set firmly on her knees with great dignity. There is a sense of sculptural monumentality that is conveyed by her proportions and by the Buddha like pose which may be a ceremonial posture or perhaps one of sexual receptivity. Could she be the "Mona Lisa" of Mesoamerica? If so, who was the artist and sculptor who created her as Leonardo created the Mona Lisa during the Renaissance? She radiates an aura of mystery and divine beauty that seduces our attention and remains an alluring enigma on our minds. - (PF.3147)


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