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    Posted 4 months ago

    ho2cultcha
    (4402 items)

    This is a stone figure from the Diquís culture in Costa Rica - made sometime between 500 and 1200 years ago. This is an unusual one with huge buck teeth - or the mouth of a Jaguar. These were placed in front of people's homes to keep evil spirits away, supposedly. This thing is LARGE and HEAVY at 18" tall. I found it today in a junk shop in Berkeley, CA yesterday.\ Coincidentally i have a much smaller carved female figure from the same culture. i wonder what the huge buck teeth represent?

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    1. dav2no1 dav2no1, 4 months ago
      Reminds me of my wooden figure I had found..Wonder if its from the same region?

      https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/287860-wood-carved-figure
    2. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 4 months ago
      It's cool, but about 1000 yrs younger than mine! The Diquís culture in Costa Rica died out or was completely transformed around the time of the Spanish Invasion - 1500-1600s. Not much is known about their culture, but these stone totems have been found in large numbers throughout the region.
    3. dav2no1 dav2no1, 4 months ago
      Well I have no information on my piece. Not even sure where it's from..
    4. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 4 months ago
      i gave him the job of greeter at my nursery and he seems VERY happy with it!

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