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This successful combatant wields a baton-and-mace weapon and grasps a rope and the long hair of a human trophy head hanging down his back. Warriors are common in later monumental sculpture from central Costa Rica, attesting to a shift from power based on religious authority to one increasingly...

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Bought by Richard P. Scheifele in 1964 (in New York by 1965); May 1989, sold at Sothebys New York, lot 277, to Lands Beyond Gallery, New York; after 1995, sold by Lands Beyond Gallery to Hy Zaret; 2008, gift of Shirley Zaret to the MFA.

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Gift from the Collection of Shirley and Hy Zaret

Nicoya, Late Period V-Period VI, 800–1550

Object Place

Atlantic Watershed Region, eastern Costa Rica


Overall: 42.55 cm (16 3/4 in.)

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