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Figure-Celt Pendant

The slender celt-form pendants of Central America, worn about the neck on a thong, had a serious presence during the early centuries A.D. Carefully crafted of various types of greenstone, of preference a blue-g... more

Celt Pendant

Costa Rica

Flying Panel Metate

Metates, tablelike objects of stone used in ancient Mesoamerica for the grinding of foodstuffs such as corn, underwent particular elaboration in Central America, where they took on special meanings as well as u... more

Owl Mace Head

Costa Rica

Figure-Celt Pendant

Many bird-form pendants of Costa Rica feature a lower section shaped like a workaday celt or ax. The stone celt of teardrop shape was the common working tool in the ancient Americas, and in some instances the s... more

Bird Pendant

Tropical Costa Rica is the habitat of an enormous number of bird species, many of which acquired symbolic dimensions in depictions in stone. This pendant, made of a jadeite of great clarity, features a toucan. ... more

Two Flat Stamps

Ceramic stamps are found in Costa Rican burials, suggesting that their importance extended beyond utilitarian. Much speculation has been made with regard to the material that these stamps were intended to impri... more

Serpent Stamp

Ceramic stamps are found in Costa Rican burials, suggesting that their importance extended beyond utilitarian. Much speculation has been made with regard to the material that these stamps were intended to impri... more

Figure Stamp

Ceramic stamps are found in Costa Rican burials, suggesting that their importance extended beyond utilitarian. Much speculation has been made with regard to the material that these stamps were intended to impri... more

Metate

Costa Rica

Bowl with Lizards

The simple shape of this wide-mouthed jar is elaborated by the presence of three-dimensional bodies of abstract lizards or alligators presented as an identical repeated form around the vessel body. The segmente... more

Tubular Bead

Costa Rica

Bead with Faces

Costa Rica

Ceremonial Metate

Even today, stone metates in the Americas are used to grind maize and other foodstuffs. Certain ancient rituals must have incorporated this activity and required special metates to be created for this purpose. ... more

Figure Pendant

Costa Rica

Pendant

Costa Rica

Pendant

Costa Rica

Pendant

Costa Rica

Figure Pendant

Possessing a monumental quality despite its actual size, this simple stone pendant boldly depicts an abstract faceless figure with a body segmented into three registers. The prominent circular holes framed by t... more

Figure Pendant

Costa Rica

Pendant

Edged with abstract renditions of ten human trophy heads, this jade pendant has a large central hole and two upper perforations through which to thread a cord for suspension. The taking of heads as trophies in ... more

Masked Figure Pendant

Excavations in Costa Rica have revealed that jade objects worn in life were consistently placed as offerings in burials; in some instances, they were found on the neck of the deceased. This standing masked figu... more

Pendant

Costa Rica

Three Ornaments

Costa Rica

Bird Pendant

Costa Rica

Male Figure

Costa Rica, Guanacaste

Frog Pendant

The color of Mesoamerican jade, often called greenstone, ranges from a near white to a deep blue green. Associations with water, plant life, and thus fertility caused jade to be prized above all other materials... more

Bird Pendant

Costa Rica

Bead

Costa Rica

Pendant

Costa Rica

Tubular Bead

Costa Rica

Pendant

Costa Rica

Tubular Bead

Costa Rica

Bead with Head

Costa Rica

Rolelr Stamp

Costa Rica

Stamp

Costa Rica

Roller Stamp

Costa Rica

Roller Stamp

Costa Rica

Roller Stamp

Costa Rica

Stamp

Costa Rica

Stamp

Costa Rica

Stamp

Costa Rica

Roller Stamp

Costa Rica

Roller Stamp

Costa Rica

Stamp

Costa Rica

Roller Stamp

Costa Rica

Roller Stamp

Costa Rica

Stamp

Costa Rica

Stamp

Costa Rica

Bell

Costa Rica (?)

Celt Pendant

Costa Rica

Flat Stamp

Costa Rica

Stamp

Costa Rica

Roller Stamp

Costa Rica

Stamp

Costa Rica

Stamp

Costa Rica

Stamp

Costa Rica

Mace Head, Bird

Costa Rica

Roller Stamp

Costa Rica

Cylinder Seal

Costa Rica

Owl Vessel

Costa Rica

Ceramic Ocarina

Costa Rica

Tripod Vessel

Costa Rica