Standing male stone figure

Nicoya
Late Period V-Period VI
800–1550


Object Place: eastern Costa Rica, Atlantic Watershed Region

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

2008.196

Medium or Technique

Basalt

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Sculpture

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 derived from military and political prowess.

Provenance

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.

Credit Line

Gift from the Collection of Shirley and Hy Zaret