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Zoomorphic Effigy Vessel - PF.3458
Origin: Mexico
Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD
Dimensions: 5" (12.7cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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This charming effigy of a fox is a perfect example of the amazing craftsmanship that was developed in Costa Rica. Lying down peacefully, yet attentive, the figure gives us the same feeling of contentment and security that a dog would give us. His beautiful coloring adds to his presence and demonstrates that some pieces can withstand the ravages of time. The piece is created in a variety of colors. The body of the animal is done in a red slip and black decoration is added. The red is a deep russet color, completely untouched by time. The tail is done in a beige slip and then decorated with brown. This type of fore thought shows that the artist was highly interested in promoting a realistic image. For us, this idea helps us to understand the person behind the object and thus a quick view into a world long since gone. - (PF.3458)


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