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HUGE Pre-Columbian Costa Rican Footed Urn
A huge pear shaped Pre-Columbian vessel from ancient Costa Rica that measures impressively at about 15 1/4" tall by about 9 1/2" wide. It has an attractively subtle darker reddish/orange/brown surface with dark brown/black lines. There are polychrome decorations around the outer rim that appear to be related to abstract jaguar imagery (jaguar spots, etc).

Condition: This vessel is intact and in original condition- which is fantastic for an ancient vessel of this size. It has a couple of chips on the flared foot/base, and there are several small rim chips as well as a very small shard re-glued in place on the rim. There are minor areas of wear, weathering and abrasions overall, with some areas of stable minor surface flaking that occurred from temperature changes and mineral diffusion into the surface over centuries in burial and exposure to the elements. There are also heavy mineral encrustations and deposits inside and out, evidence of the age and authenticity of the piece. It appears that a previous owner may have lightly waxed the surface to preserve the original pigmentation.

Provenance: formerly from the Polakoff collection of Washington, D.C. Mr. Polakoff was reportedly a former US Foreign Service employee who once worked in Mexico, Central and South America.

Due to the significantly large size of this vessel (which is more rare to find on the upper end of the known size range for these types of vessels), it displays impressively and draws attention in a room. A great piece for the price.


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