Atlantic Watershed Stone Trophy Head

SKU PF.3035

500 AD to 1000 AD


10.5″ (26.7cm) high x 8″ (20.3cm) wide x 8.25″ (21.0cm) depth




Eastern Costa Rica

Gallery Location



The human consciousness is puzzling. How did it evolve? In our consciousness the same as forebears who lived thousands of years ago? Many psychologists believe that human beings are quite primitive concerning the evolution of consciousness. Human beings continue to have the instantaneous “fleet or fight” reaction in their daily discourse with situations and people today as they did in the ancient past. The expression set in this stone head is authoritarian and imposing. He is a charismatic leader who has surpassed the reaction of ‘fleet or flight’ of the masses. This portraiture was carved at the height of the tradition of stone sculpture in Costa Rica, which begn shortly after the time of Christ. The eye lids are softly closed although it still appears as though he can see our every move. The mouth is tranquil and motionless revealing a solemn stately composure which compliments his well-defined nose and ears. The carving techniques revealed by his headdress and facial features have developed to the point of virtuosity in Costa Rica stone sculpture. This portraiture head of a nobility may remind us of the expression on th emeditative Buddha figures of the Orient or of the blissful states of enlightenment depicted on Italian Renaissance saints. Whether it be in the Orient of the Mediterranean or depicted here in Meso- America, humans appear to revere the lofty states of higher consciousness that are peaceful and serene.

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