The effigy vessel seen here takes the form of a human head and may refer to the practice of ritual decapitation. This bowl was made by the coil method and represents an early example of tri-color, highly polished vessels that flourished in the region of Costa Rica for over one thousand years. The painted decoration shares similarities with both the Maya ceramic tradition to the north and the Nasca effigy bowls to the south. The similarity in aesthetic approaches across cultures is the result of an active trading network which ran throughout the Americas. [Gallery label text, 2009]
Dr. and Mrs. Henry Buxbaum, Canandaigua, NY; purchased from them by the Gallery in 1969
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This object has the following bibliographic references:
Article Title: Acquisitions.
Article Scope: Article.
Memorial Art Gallery.
Rochester, New York: Memorial Art Gallery, 1935-1995.
Volume Number: 35,
Issue Number: 7.
Issue Date: March 1970.
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