Basalt Sculpture Of A Standing Male Figure - PF.2517, Origin: Costa Rica, Circa: 1000 AD to 1500 AD, Dimensions: 41" (104.1cm) high, Catalogue: V11, Collection: Pre-Columbian, Medium: Basalt. Expertly carved from a single piece of volcanic rock with only the use of stone and wood tools and abrasives, this dramatic masked figure is a brilliant example of the Pre-Columbian sculptural skills of the ancient artisans from the Atlantic Watershed region of Costa Rica. Standing with hands across his lower chest, this dramatic figure wears an impressive mask in the form of a stylized monkey's face. Atop his head is a short hat that covers the top portion of his hair, while the remaining long locks are rendered as incised lines that run down his back. An altogether commanding figure, we are captivated by his powerful presence. The ancient Costa Rican artist who sculpted this magnificent figure has magically captured the strength of the stone medium in a sculpted image whose powerful spirit transcends the boundaries of time and culture, affecting all who behold it in a most captivating manner.
Ancient Central America & Mexico