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Pre-Columbian Nicoya Turkey Vessel

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Item Details

  • Height:
    8 1/2" Inches
  • Diameter:
    5" Inches
  • Period:
    Pre-18th Century
  • Origin:
This masterful portrayal of a shaman's bird spirit form utilizes the most skillful modeling and painting to achieve a composition that incorporates the head, the tips of wings and tail as modeled appendages to the main vessel.  The avian identity of this incredible effigy vessel is accentuated throughout the design with abstracted wings and feathers.  The composite animal/human forms on the neck and base of the pedestal emphasize the significance of the vessel as a depiction of shamanic transformation.

Nicoya Polychrome is the name given to the Early Post Classic period in Costa Rica and El Salvador, after the town of Nicoya, Costa Rica and its brilliant multi-colored pottery. Between  500-1350 AD, the people of this culture produced large scale stone sculpture in three-dimensions and were skilled in gold and copper metallurgy. Sites have evidence for large adobe hearths and rock-filled ovens.  Links to the Central American empire at Teotihuacan are possible during the early period.

Circa, 1000-1350 AD
Height: 8 1/2"
Diameter: 5"

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