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A stone Atlantic Watershed masked male figure

A stone Atlantic Watershed masked male figure

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: Pre Columbian: Sculpture: Pre 1492: Item # 1274570

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Though little is known of the exact time period from which these male figures come, it is assumed they post-date the classic age of green stone lapidary work in Costa Rica. The standardized poses these saurian masked figures assume is apparently associated with 'presentation' and includes arms akimbo with the hands on the hips or chest. They are always nude but wear a multi-layered headdress and a necklace with vertically-hanging elements. It also is possible they were associated with fertility/abundance or power rituals since the male genitalia is prominently featured. Made from a heavy and dense, reddish-gray, volcanic stone, the figure is 14"H x 8"W. It is in excellent condition, though it has been broken and repaired across both lower legs, and there has been some small loss and replacement of the tip of the left ear, the top knob projection on the head, and a small section of the left arm at elbow region. Probably Period V-VI, circa CE 700-1100, from the Atlantic Watershed Zone of Costa Rica. Provenance: private collection, Massachusetts, since 1970's.