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Stone Trophy Head Costa Rica Watershed Pre-Columbian Pre-Hispanic Jaguar Carving

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Seller: yru2b (849) 100%, Location: Wayland, New York, Ships to: US, Item: 262739191264 Volcanic Stone Trophy Head Costa Rican Watershed Pre-Columbian Pre-Hispanic Art Splendidly Carved Free Standing Stone Trophy Head; of a Multiple Animal Combination of the Jaguar, Jaguarundi, Coatimundi and Canine Features. Finely Preserved Volcanic Rock Example of Pre-Hispanic/Pre-Columbian Effigy Art; from the Atlantic Watershed Region of Costa Rica; Pertaining to the Late La Selva Culture (AD 700 – 1000) [Without the specific archaeological context may range AD 500 - 1200) The Jaguar Head is independent and probably was never parts of Metates; as the Vast Majority of Costa Rican Animal Heads cataloged are. Most Heads that have been found and retained for Public Display, have been broken off of Metates. However, I have sited and referenced, Cataloged Free standing Heads below. This Piece has a short, cylindrical, well made necks, with a flat base parallel to the main axis of the head, so that it rests firmly in a natural position with the mouth forward. The Piece is stylized naturalistic and rather plain, without ornamental design. Specifications: Length: 5.25 Inches (13.33 CM) Width: 3.375 Inches (8.57 CM) Height: 3.125 Inches (7.94 CM) Weight: 1033 Grams (36.438 Standard US Ounces = 2.278 Pounds) Material: Volcanic Igneous Rock; Probably Diorite or Granodiorite OR another Granite Region of Origin: Costa Rica (East Cost); Atlantic Watershed Cultural Identity: Late La Selva (AD 700-1000) >< PLEASE TAKE NOTE: I will only ship this piece to an address within the United States of America, via Domestic Registered US Mail. If a person from across a Customs border wishes this Stone Carving, they must have an address within the USA for me to deliver it to. You will need to take it back out of the USA and into Your Country. RETURN POLICY: I normally will not accept returns on Items; HOWEVER, with this Item, I will give the Buyer 14 days (2 Weeks) from the date they receive the item, to have it Postmarked for return AT THE POST OFFICE; And, ONLY under the following conditions: (# 1) Buyer must FIRST EMAIL ME a scan of, and ALSO enclose in the Package THE ORIGINAL singed AND NOTARIZED document, from a Licensed Appraiser or Pre-Columbian Antiquities Dealer, attesting to their Expertise in Pre-Columbian/Pre-Hispanic Art; AND, stating that this piece is NOT an Antique, but a MODERN DAY Work Of Art. (# 2) The Piece MUST BE in the Original Condition as Purchased and Documented by the Photographs. (# 3) The Buyer will Pay the Return Postage IN THE SAME MANNER AS THE PIECE WAS MAILED TO THE BUYER; in this way we equally share the out of pocket Costs for an incomplete sale. >< From the book: (As referenced by an Anthropology Professor for Comparison) COSTA RICAN STONEWORK • THE MINOR C. KEITH COLLECTION by J. ALDEN MASON VOLUME 39: PART 3; ANTHROPOLOGICAL PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY NEW YORK: 1945 Here Is The Link if you wish to Download the Book: [ http://digitallibrary.amnh.org/dspace/handle/2246/214 ] The following is on page 273, Left Column, under the Figures: “Only two jaguar heads (P1. 48e and c) are independent and probably were never parts of metates. Both have short, cylindrical, wellmade necks, with a flat base parallel to the main axis of the head, so that they rest firmly in natural position with the mouth forward. > “Stand Alone Head” (See BLUE in #B @ letter) Both are stylized naturalistic and rather plain, without ornamental design. In point of size, however, they differ immensely; the head in P1. 48e is massive, the largest head of all, 28 centimeters long by 23 wide and 19 high, while that in P1. 48c is tiny, less than 5 centimeters in any dimension. Thelatter is daintily naturalistic, though somewhat weatherworn, and has no careful details or points of merit, while the large head is admirable in conception and finish, naturalistic, though somewhat conventionalized.” [Plate 48: “Independent jaguar heads and heads broken from metates, Mercedes” is at the end of Text w/others] >< [Plate 27: “Vase Stands and an Altar, Mercedes” b. Vase stand with 15 pendent jaguar heads (diameter, 45 cm.)] Excerpts from Pages 242 - 244 Relating to PLATE 27 (Vase stands and an altar, Mercedes) They differ from all the other objects in the collection, except the large stone figures, in having been found on the surface in original position, where they were presumably used as altars, or possibly as seats in an enclosure for religious ceremonies. Thus Hartman' found two massive objects of this type at Mercedes, one resembling that in P1. 27a. … The material is always a gray vesicular fine-grained lava, carefully carved and finished. > > “Details of the Carving” (See BLUE in #B @ letter) … Three of these objects are in the Keith Collection; two of them are among the finest specimens there. … The second specimen (P1. 27b) is similar, but slightly smaller and less developed. The bowl top is slightly concave and of uniform thickness, the periphery being surrounded by 15 heads of the same size and excellent execution. >< FROM: Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History La Selva-Curridabat cultures, ca. 500–800 Cartago-La Cabana cultures, ca. 800–1530 “Permanent settlements increase in number and size, probably the result of greater contact with peoples from the north—Mesoamerica—and the south—Colombia in northern South America. Trade and communication networks appear to be well established. Impressive quantities of luxury goods in elite burials indicate growing distinctions of social class, with a concentration of valued objects in fewer hands. Several new polychrome ceramic styles appear. Jade and stone carvings, important status markers for over a thousand years in north-central Costa Rica, cease to be made, and gold, abundant in alluvial deposits in the region's rivers, becomes the preferred material for the manufacture of prestige items. http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/ht/?period=06®ion=cac#/Overview Note: from the Book previously cited, the changeover to Gold as a Status symbols progressively caused fewer of these items to be made; thereby found. >< Potential Investors PLEASE READ: If any Collectors wish to negotiate and/or ask questions please email me Via Ask a Question. ALSO, Below are excerpts from a Reply to a Letter I wrote to a Professor of Anthropology questioning how I would have this piece Authenticated (questions are Grey Replies are Black). I have colored key parts and added comments in BROWN. >< A) How would I find out if this is a Genuine Artifact? You would do this by asking someone who is an expert in the archaeology of Costa Rica. You have done that by writing to me. I have a lot of experience with this material and have seen many authentic and inauthentic objects over the years. I would compare it to known examples. For example, one of the best resources on this material was published in 1945. Fortunately, it is available in a digital, online edition: Costa Rican Stonework, by J. Alden Mason http://digitallibrary.amnh.org/dspace/handle/2246/214 >< B) How can I Prove it? It is never possible to definitively prove the authenticity of an artifact if it cannot be traced to a specific archaeological context. However, an expert opinion from a qualified appraiser is generally acceptable for either insurance, tax (in the case of a gift), or sales (as in an auction). >< C) Would you happen to know what SPECIFIC Culture it could be from and/or represent? The names of pre-Hispanic indigenous cultures of Costa Rica can be complicated. ... probably pertain to either the late La Selva (AD 700-1000) or the La Cabaña culture (AD 1000-1550). >< D) Would you happen to know what animal this is? The previous owner told me that it is a Jaguar. I have never seen a Snarling Jaguar; but I have seen Snarling Dogs. To ME this looks like a Dog. Any speculation on what the artist was intending? I agree with you that it looks more like a dog than a jaguar. However, something that makes ancient Costa Rican art difficult to interpret is that there are also representations of combinations of multiple animals. Probable list of Animal Features: Jaguar, Jaguarundi, Kudamundi, Canine, Bush Dog >< E) Any other feedback you may have would only go to aid me in finding a new owner. ... your options would be: 1) to return this object to your nearest Costa Rican consulate as national patrimony, 2) to donate this object to a museum as a tax-deductible charitable contribution, or 3) to offer it for sale either to an individual or through an auction house that handles Pre-Hispanic antiquities. From my own professional and ethical position, I recommend that you do the first. >< F) Also, IF you have ANY opinion on what I should Offer it for I’m sorry, but I cannot help you with this. I do not follow or know the current market value of antiquities. I cannot give a valuation for various reasons. The first is that I do not keep track of the information necessary to make an accurate monetary appraisal. This information comes from contexts such as recent auctions and sales. As with stocks and bonds and other commodities, the values of antiquities go up and down depending upon who is collecting them and how much they want to spend. To get an accurate appraisal, you would need to consult with someone who is in the business of providing appraisals for private collectors and museums. I hope this is helpful to you. Best wishes, Jxxx Hxxxxx Jxxx W. Hxxxxx, Professor Department of Anthropology The University of Kxxxxx NOTE: I have X’ed out letters because I have not requested permission to use the Professor’s Identity. I have made this a Private Listing for Buyers who wish to Flip the Item OR simply stay out of the eye of Big brother. High Resolution Scan of the Volcanic Stone on Base Condition: Brought into the USA in 1958. Discovered during an expedition prior to any international laws regarding export & import of Artifacts and Antiquities., Material: Stone

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