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UNUSUAL OWL EFFIGY "MESSENGER OF THE PLACE OF FRIGHT" CERAMIC VESSEL LEG FRAGMENT OF THE PRE-COLUMBIAN GREATER NICOYA CULTURE

Gran Nicoya - Central America

Period IV:  300 B.C. - 500 A.D.

This 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

Leg fragment is a complete leg and unbroken as shown above.  Includes our written unconditional lifetime certificate of GUARANTEED AUTHENTICITY.

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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"

3.25" high

SOLD     PC033     Actual Item - One Only

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References:

- Snarskis, Michael J., The Archaeology of Costa Rica (http://www.arqueocostarica.net/articles/english/SnarskisArchaeologyCostaRica%20.htm)


 

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