Basalt Trophy Head

SKU PF.2891
Circa

100 AD to 500 AD

Dimensions

8″ (20.3cm) high x 6″ (15.2cm) wide x 7.25″ (18.4cm) depth

Medium

Basalt

Origin

Costa Rica

Gallery Location

UK


 

The taking of trophy heads in battle seems to have been an important ritual that completed the cycle of agricultural fertility. Such conquests were designed to please the gods and so the Ancient Costa Ricans attempted to make sacrifices to them either of great size or of great value. This carved head evidently represents a valuable gift to the gods. The elaborate cap complete with a top knot indicates the importance of this person.

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