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Costa Rican Basalt Warrior Figure

Costa Rican Basalt Warrior Figure


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1276259

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Costa Rican Basalt Warrior Figure Holding an Ax and Trophy Head. Atlantic Watershed, Central America, ca. 500 - 1000 CE. Professional repair to head and torso area, otherwise in very good condition. 28 1/2" H x 15 1/2" W x 7 1/2" D. A tradition of figure sculpture that glorified militarism and warriors developed in Costa Rica perhaps out of an increased competition for resources among a growing population. Presented in a rigid posture, warrior holds a trophy head in his right hand and a short ax in his left. The Atlantic Watershed of North America is the portion of the continent which drains from the Continental Divide of the Americas and the Laurentian Divide to the Atlantic Ocean. The watershed includes a portion of Greenland, the Atlantic Seaboard Watershed, and the North American portion of the American Mediterranean Sea Watershed. The oldest evidence of human occupation in Costa Rica is associated with the arrival of various groups of hunter-gatherers at about 10,000 to 7,000 years BCE, with ancient archaeological evidence (stone tool making) located in the Turrialba Valley. There was presence of Clovis culture type spearheads and arrows from South America, which opens the possibility that in this area two different cultures coexisted.