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Handmade Pottery CH03

Metate

Although original handmade pottery pieces such as this metate, or ceremonial grinding stone, are made from stone,  a particular Chorotega artist has created this beauty in the traditional oven-fired pottery for its sculptural elegance. As are the tribe’s original carved stone pieces, this metate has an animal head – a jaguar – and a mano, the elongated piece that one grips and runs along the top of the metate deck to grind the corn. The deck features the sacred (double) figure of Quetzalcoatl – the major deity of most Mesoamerican traditions.

  • Tribe: Chorotega
  • Location: Guanacaste, Costa Rica
  • Size: 15 1/2″  x 6″  (39.5 cm x  15.5cm)
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