This effigy, of a seated female figure, is one of many found in excavations in Costa Rica. It belongs to the Gran Nicoya archeological area (present-day Guanacaste/Nicoya region) and was a valuable trade item in its era. Many of these pieces have been found outside of its region of origin, such as the Central Valley and Caribbean watershed. This figure tells us much about women of rank of the epoch. She features large ear spools, corporal paint, or tattoos and cranial deformation – an aesthetic imported from Mesoamerica.