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Item:223709880664Authentic Nicoya Head Vessel (Head Pot) Artifact Info:Nicoya culture life-sized head vessel (head pot) recovered from the Nicoya region of Latin America (Costa Rica), dating to Period VI. This is a Belen incised pottery style that sits on a footed base.The exterior shows facial features and complex incised (engraved) geometric patterns. Around the top and back are wide bands of interlocking designs, possibly representing a textile head wrap.The surface is a burnished brown color and the incised designs are filled with white kaolin which is characteristic of Belen style pottery (ancient artists rubbed white pigment into the lines to heighten the contrast).Sitting on it's base, the head is slightly looking down.The stylized facial features possibly represents an enemy's trophy head and this piece was most likely utilized for ceremonial purposes. Additional incising may indicate facial tattooing or ritual sacrifice.The Nicoya culture had no written language but spoke Nahuatl and had continual contact with the Aztecs of Central Mexico. Nicoya pottery includes many beautiful designs and their pottery is known for complex glyph-like painted decorations.Restored from several original pieces with restored break lines and small losses replaced. Fair condition.Size: Large, 8 inches tall x 7 inches wide, 25 inches circumference (measured as best as possible due to the shape)Date: 700AD-1350ADProvenance: Ex. Schuetz private collectionPlease view all large high definition photos to see all detailsValuation Guarantee Line: Nicoya Terracotta Vessel, Date 700AD-1350AD.Item is legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, Chapter 14.My eBay profile: I've been a member of the eBay community since 2002: View HereFree Shipping, ships insured.Same Day shipping Monday-Friday 8am-2pm CST, Saturday 8am-10am CST.Thanks for looking.Featured Refinements:Pre-Columbian Antiquities
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Authentic Large Nicoya Head Vessel (Head Pot) PreColumbian 700AD-1350AD