Property from a Private Collection, New Mexico
COSTA RICAN STONE EFFIGY METATE GREATER NICOYA REGION, CIRCA AD 500 - 800
Length: 33 ½ in (85.1 cm)
Private Collection, Kansas City, acquired in 1968
Thence by family descent
This classic tripod metate was carved with an unusual animal head, possibly an iguana or reptile, in a rectangular form with a sunken interior. The rear legs are lightened by the stacked openwork design. For a similar example in the Frederick and Jan Mayer Collection at the Denver Art Museum, see Object No. 1195:412.