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Seller: original-picker1 (11,127) 100%, Location: Staten Island, New York, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 372088764996 ANTIQUE PRE-COLUMBIAN HUASTEC OR Panamanian Diquis CARVED Stone Trophy Head 500 to 1000 AD..Pre-Columbian, Panama, Diquis, Ca. 500 to 1000 AD. The practice of taking human heads as warfare trophies was ubiquitous throughout Pre-Columbian Costa Rica. Traditionally "headhunting" has been interpreted as a somewhat incidental rather than central warfare practice; however, recent scholarship has suggested that headhunting added a significant magical and supernatural dimension to warfare. Each severed head was imbued with specific meaning and the act of taking the head was "consecrated and commemorated in some form" according to anthropologist and professor John W. Hoopes ("Sorcery and the Taking of Heads in Ancient Costa Rica" 2007). One look at this trophy head confirms Professor Hoopes theory. Clearly this piece exemplifies the practice of sacred commemoration! Large, quite sculptural, finely carved and with exceptional presence! Carved of volcanic stone with short neck, jutting lower jaw, long thin nose, eyes showing he is in a deep eternal sleep.7-1/2" TALL .. .Provenance :Collection of Mr. RICHARD BELLAK, New York City . Pre-Columbian & Tribal arts dealer in the 1960s to late 1990s..Mr. RICHARD BELLAK passed away a few years ago. I am selling his personal collection that I purchased. He amassed a fine collection of many pre-Columbian artifacts which he kept and displayed in his home. Guaranteed authentic.. Last photos are some auction catalogs that he consigned his items in, as well as a Pre-Columbian exhibition booklet he had of his personal collection. These items are NOT INCLUDED WITH THIS ITEM IN THE SALE. Please see pictures.. . ALL ITEMS ON MY SITE ARE GUARANTEE TO BE 100% VINTAGE, AND NOT REPRODUCTIONS. Please email me if you have any questions, thank you. Featured Refinements: Pre-Columbian Antiquities, Material: Stone

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