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Costa Rican Stone Carving w/ Original Caliche Surface

Pre-Columbian, Central America, Costa Rica, Guanacaste-Nicoya region, ca. 100 to 600 CE. An interesting face pendant, hand-carved from a mottled green stone with light inclusions and beautiful remains of the original white caliche surface. The face is defined by drilled eyes, cheeks, teeth holes, a broad, triangular nose, heavy eye brows, and angular cheeks beneath a round pate. A semicircular vertical groove indicates this piece was initially meant as a mace head, though it was turned into a large pendant after an ancient break to the back left side as indicated by the horizontal groove along the verso. Custom museum-quality display stand included. Size: 2.25" W x 2.45" H (5.7 cm x 6.2 cm); 5" H (12.7 cm) on included custom stand.

Condition: Ancient loss to back left side as indicated by root marks and caliche deposits. Minor nicks and abrasions to front, back, and peripheries, and softening to some finer details. Light earthen deposits, nice root marks, and great traces of original caliche surface throughout.

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

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