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Costa Rican Stone Standing Female Figure

Pre-Columbian, Costa Rica, Atlantic Watershed region, ca. 1000 to 1500 CE. A tall female figure, hand-carved from grey volcanic stone, standing nude with her hands on her hips. The figure stands on bent, delineated legs and broad feet, with delineated female genitalia, a uniform torso, and carved spinal column. Her straight shoulders lead upwards to a thick, squat neck. The face is relatively naturalistic compared to the stylized presentation of the body, with coffee-bean-shaped eyes, a triangular nose, thick lips, and large ears all beneath an incised coiffure which trails down the back of the head. The figure's eyes are depicted squinting, giving the impression that she has been carved to look not at the viewer but at some far-off world. Size: 6.4" W x 8.8" H (16.3 cm x 22.4 cm)

Ancient Costa Ricans made many figures of women, including warriors, which many researchers have taken as indicative of women's power in their society.

Condition: One arm has been repaired and restored, with overpainting along the restoration line. This is well done and difficult to see.

Provenance: ex-private Sneed collection, Florida, USA

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