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Human Effigy Sculpture - PF.3227
Origin: Costa Rica (Guanacaste)
Circa: 1 AD to 300 AD
Dimensions: 11.25" (28.6cm) high x 7" (17.8cm) wide
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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Humans invented symbols, among the first of which was woman. . . the promise of life; fertility with a human face. This sensual and commanding young lady looks as though she knows her place in the world: at the very top! And she has every right to feel this way she represents life. Due to her authoritative sitting posture that is indicative of a warrior or chieftain, we may be in the presence of female "chieftain". Her hands are placed firmly on her knees and her genitalia are pronounced. She looks forward without a blink and her lips are slightly parted, perhaps addressing the vanished ancient public with a long - forgotten political speech. A speech that our ears may never hear, but our eyes may be drawn again and again to this expressive young lady. - (PF.3227)


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