DescriptionNicoya Bird Effigy Mace
C. 600-1000 AD
The large weapon has the central body mounted with a large parrot head with wide eyes, several tufts, and an open beak while the backside tapers into a single spike. Carved in a whitish dense coral material, the top side is smoothly notched creating four legs so when reversed and sitting on these, the effigy creates a four legged land animal, possibly a short snouted lizard. Losses to two of the small frontal plumes, else intact and excellent. A well balanced example that would have been ceremonial.
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