Standing male stone figure
Late Period V-Period VI
Object Place: eastern Costa Rica, Atlantic Watershed Region
Overall: 42.5 × 23.7 × 10.5 cm (16 3/4 × 9 5/16 × 4 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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.
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.
Gift from the Collection of Shirley and Hy Zaret