Atlantic Watershed Stone Bird-Celt - PF.4017
Origin: Eastern Costa Rica
Circa: 300 BC to 500 AD
Dimensions: 7" (17.8cm) high
Catalogue: V24
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Style: Atlantic Watershed
Medium: Stone


The bird-celt is an important and highly regarded piece in the Ancient Central American culture, and became a cult image as far back as the Olmec culture. Its meaning and symbolism are varied and its dense material is believed to have been imported from Guatemala in its raw state. The beautifully mottled gray stone, adds a distinct and rare quality to the piece, without distracting from the carvings and incisions made to create the character of the piece. The slight curvature of the piece increases its functionality while the size of the base evens out the entire composition. The head is in the style of a bird, distinctly showing the outline around the eyes, the large beak and the wings. As a whole, this functional object has also become a beautiful work of art, which can be admired and cherished by generations to come. - (PF.4017)



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