UNUSUAL OWL EFFIGY "MESSENGER OF THE PLACE OF FRIGHT" CERAMIC VESSEL LEG
FRAGMENT OF THE PRE-COLUMBIAN GREATER NICOYA CULTURE
Gran Nicoya - Central America
IV: 300 B.C. -
is a charming and affordable pottery leg fragment of an effigy of an
owl. To many Pre-Columbian cultures in Central America, the owl
was a messenger.
The Popol Vuh, a Mayan
religious text, describes owls as messengers of Xibalba (the Mayan
"Place of Fright". This piece is from a ceramic footed vessel of
the Greater Nicoya Pre-Columbian Culture.
This archaeological culture prevailed in the area of Latin America
comprising the far southwestern coastal region of Honduras, the far
northwestern Pacific coastal region of Costa Rica and the Pacific side
of coastal Nicaragua. This Indian culture thrived for many
centuries before the first Spanish explorers made contact around 1500
A.D.. The people had no written language but spoke Nahuatl and had
continual contact with the Aztec (Mexica) Indians of Central Mexico.
The Gran Nicoya pottery includes many beautiful designs incorporating a
variety of different mammals, reptiles and amphibians in effigy pieces.
Their pottery is also known for complex glyph-like painted decorations. In the first 500 to 600 years
A.D., resources became low as populations grew.
Tribes in this region
practiced head-hunting and victim sacrifice in their warfare.
fragment is a complete leg and unbroken as shown above. Includes our written
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CHARMING EFFIGY OF A RELAXED OWL VESSEL LEG FRAGMENT WITH FINE DETAIL
AND COMPLETE - THE OWL WAS THE MESSENGER OF "DARK PLACES"
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