Masked Figure

Mesoamerican

Costa Rica

Masked Figure, 700 – 1100 CE

  • On View

Volcanic stone

Dimensions: 32 3/4 × 15 in. (83.2 × 38.1 cm)

Museum purchase, 2007.145

This minimally clothed, male figure wears a crocodile mask. In Pre-Columbian art from Costa Rica, depictions featuring parts of predatory animals, such as this figure, are common, but the meaning of the figures is not known. Perhaps the ability of such creatures to cause harm inspired religious awe and respect.

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