Male sculpture

Large carved volcanic stone standing male figure holding his arms to his sides, squared shoulders and features. Overall traces of red-brown surface pigment.

Central America is the cultural area between the southeastern Maya periphery in Guatemala and northwestern Honduras and South America. The pre-Columbian peoples of the area built pyramids and ceremonial centers and had robust ceramic and metallurgy traditions, and stone sculpture was widespread, but in other ways they did not participate in some of the cultural features that define Mesoamerican civilization to the north, such as calendrics and writing. Sculptures in volcanic stone showing figures holding trophy heads are characteristic of Costa Rica.


- ALCINA FRANCH, José. L’art précolombien. 1996.
- Art de l’Amérique précolombienne. 1981.
- Arts précolombiens de l’Amérique centrale dans les collections du musée Barbier-Mueller de Barcelone: Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. 2001.
- Ritual Arts of the New World: Pre-Columbian America. 2000.

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