Precolumbian Art - Lower Central America and Caribbean

Lower Central America and the Caribbean include Costa Rica, Panama, and the Islands

The major archaeological cultural phases in pre-Columbian Costa Rica are Guanacaste-Nicoya and Chorotegas.

The major archaeological cultural phases in pre-Columbian Panama are La Mula, Tonosi, Cubita, Macaracas, Veraguas, and Sitio Conte – Gran Coclé.

The major archaeological cultural phases of the Pre-Columbian Caribbean Islands are Saladoid and Taino.


Guanacaste-Nicoya Jade Bird-Celt Pendant

Bird celt with a smoothly flowing shape sets off admirably the quality of the stone and its polish. Gorgeous pale sea-green jade with veins of white. Rounded...

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Nicoya Teeth, Stone and Shell Choker

A gorgeous, colorful, short choker from ancient Costa Rica. The centered light-colored tube stone is surrounded by six Tigrillo canines on both sides...

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Coclé Macaracas Pedestal Plate

The imagery on this vessel depicts an early-stage shaman transforming into a saurian creature within the basin. Long exaggerated claws with serrated stingray

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Guanacaste-Nicoya Jade Axe God

This Olmecoid-type jade celt features exquisite low-relief carving with fine curvilinear incising, presenting a highly polished surface. It includes drilled...

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Guanacaste Costa Rican Incensario

A wonderful Potosi Applique with crocodilian effigy. This ritual incense burner has a top cover finalized with a portrayal of an aggressive spiny Caiman...

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Costa Rican Stone Sukia

Beautifully small sculptured work of art in rough volcanic stone. Seated nude on a small platform is this medicine man with arms crossed. Nicely detailed...

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Costa Rican Stone Trophy Head

This Costa Rican trophy head is a handsome example of a well-finished, fine-grained basalt stone embellished with strong, defined facial characteristics.

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Jade Axe God Pendant Celt

Costa Rican Anthropomorphic Axe God Pendant. It is carved in low relief with a highly glass-like polish front—linear incising for all facial features.

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Guanacaste-Nicoya Crocodile/Tlaloc Vessel

Crocodilian style effigy jar from the Nicoya Region of Costa Rica. This superlative pear-shaped polychrome ceramic vessel has two protruding crocodile heads.

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Guanacaste-Nicoya Abstract Axe God

Gorgeous Costa Rican Anthropomorphic Axe God Pendant. It is carved in low relief with a highly glass-like polish front. The rear surface is flat and party...

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Atlantic Watershed Standing Stone Figure

Impressive standing nude women in rough volcanic coarse basalt stone. The figure stands firmly on her wide feet. She supports her breasts with both hands...

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