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Human Head Effigy Vessel

Date: 500-800
Dimensions:
Overall: 34.2 x 33 cm (13 7/16 x 13 in.)
Medium: Red earthenware, pigment, and hand-built.
Credit Line: Gift of George and Helen Gardiner
Origin:Costa Rica, Guanacaste
Object number: G83.1.149
DescriptionLarge Nicoya head vessel, Early Period V, with pedestal foot. The rounded body moulded with a human head, pointed chin, ridged eyes, and wearing perforated ear-spools. It also has a wide flaring opening and flattened rim forming the top of the head. While the cheeks have an interlocking angular fret design. It is painted in deep reddish-orange and black, on a pale orange ground with centipedes below the eyes and on the chin and other geometric decoration.