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Figure Pendant

Date:
4th–8th century
Geography:
Costa Rica
Culture:
Atlantic Watershed
Medium:
Pyrophyllite
Dimensions:
H. 4 1/8 x W. 3 x D. 1/2 in. (10.5 x 7.6 x 1.3 cm)
Classification:
Stone-Ornaments
Credit Line:
The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Purchase, Nelson A. Rockefeller Gift, 1966
Accession Number:
1978.412.152
Not on view
Possessing a monumental quality despite its actual size, this simple stone pendant boldly depicts an abstract faceless figure with a body segmented into three registers. The prominent circular holes framed by the arms and head are not for suspension; there is a separate hole drilled through the neck for that purpose. Instead, they are negative spaces that clarify the hands-to-head posture of the figure. Speckled stone and an irregular, soft geometricity lend an organic air to the form. Realism is not a goal here as the incised delineations of digits depict eight toes on the figure's left foot.
[Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York, until 1966]; The Museum of Primitive Art, New York, 1966–1978

Art of Oceania, Africa, and the Americas from the Museum of Primitive Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1969, no. 545.



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