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Atlantic Watershed Jade Figure Pendant - PF.4789
Origin: Eastern Costa Rica
Circa: 100 AD to 500 AD
Dimensions: 4.25" (10.8cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Style: Atlantic Watershed
Medium: Jade

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Costa Rican jade pendants were designed to be worn, and worn by important persons such as a chief, warrior or shaman. They are often highly stylized and abstract; but a few, like this beautiful example, are dramatic representations of a human being. In every sense it is a true sculpture, anatomically exact, and with such personality one suspects it was modeled on an actual person. The facial features show a broad nose and extended ears, which may represent earspools. On the headdress are two delightful birds' heads. The figure's body is beautifully formed, with broad hips, slender waist and large hands placed horizontally over the abdomen. This person stares with such intensity he may be involved in a ritual trance, worn perhaps by a great shaman who was seeing himself into other worlds. - (PF.4789)

 

 

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