Small metate (grinding stone) in the form of a feline. The grinding bowl is relatively deep and square. The carved, interlocked diamond motifs on then exterior of the bowl/feline's body may indicate the patterning of a jaguar.
About 1905, excavated by members of the Lindo Family on the Lindo Brothers’ coffee plantation in Juan Viñas, between the cities of Limón and San José, Costa Rica; about 1910, brought to the United States by Daisy Lindo Lewis (late Daisy Voorhis, b. 1883 – d. 1964) and kept in her homes in Wheeling, WV, Cambridge, MA, and South Yarmouth, MA; 1964, by descent to her daughter, Doris Lindo Lewis Henríquez (b. 1909 – d. 1995), West Palm Beach, FL; 1995, by descent to her daughter, Sydney Lewis Glover, and Denis Glover, Chatham, MA; 2011, gift of Denis and Sydney Glover to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 25, 2012)
Gift of J. Denis Glover and Sydney L. Glover
Atlantic Watershed culture, Costa Rica, Late Period V - Period VI, 800–1400 CE