A Costa Rican Sculpture of a Seated Sharman, Late Period V - Period VI, ca. 800–1400 CE
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From the Atlantic Watershed Culture in Costa Rica, this classic "Sukia" figure, carved from porous volcanic stone, is shown squatting in a ritual position with crossed arms resting on upraised knees, and each hand, with finely carved fingers, holdinf the opposite elbow. The head is finely carved with a square jawline and good angular facial features, the ears, eyes, and nose carved in high relief, while his curved back shows the characteristic skeletal-like spine.
Condition: Chip to upper left foot that does not detract, otherwise intact and in very good condition overall.
Dimensions: Height: 8 1/4 inches (21 cm)
Provenance: Mirtha Virginia de Perea (1929 - 2019) private collection of Costa Rican art. Mrs. de Perea spent her entire 48-year career with the Embassy of Costa Rica in Washington, DC, achieving the rank of Cultural Minister-Counselor and Consul after having started as a secretary. She was a devoted patron of the arts, promoting numerous local artists and sponsoring many cultural events throughout her career. She also amassed an impressive collection of Latin American art. After retiring in 1999, she became a US citizen and continued her support of the arts through her membership in the Women’s Committee of the Washington National Opera and other local groups.
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