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Costa Rican Polychrome Bird Rattle Vessel

Pre-Columbian, Costa Rica, Nicoya culture, ca. 800 to 1200 CE. A classic example of the Nicoya ceramic form, a standing, teardrop-shaped vessel on a round platform foot with a bird head and tail emerging from either side of its upper body. Painted motifs of mythical birds wrap around the body, banded by geometric registers. Size: 9.45" W x 8.75" H (24 cm x 22.2 cm)

Condition: Repaired and restored from multiple pieces; this is well done and difficult to see, with minimal overpainting along the repair lines, notably near the bird's head. Excellent preservation of motifs.

Provenance: private southern California, USA collection, acquired in the 1970s to mid-1980s

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