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Barra Honda Shamaness

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In the Late Period IV (ca. 300 – 500 A.D.) a ceramic type called Guinea Incised was spread in the area of the Tempisque Basin. Some examples display human figures arrayed as bats, or are costumed as alligators. They are often interpreted as shamans/shamanesses impersonating powerful animals of the tropical forest. The painting shows an alligator shamaness in the caverns of Barra Honda, Tempisque Basin, Guanacaste, which today is a National Park. The prototype of the mask can be seen on a pedestal bowl done in the Guinea Incised style, and also on zoomorphic vessels from Nosara. Jade jewelry like the bar pectoral was inspired by Maya bar pectorals. Quantities of jade material were imported from the Motagua Valley, Guatemala, and, as we know so far, there were several routes from Guatemala to Costa Rica. 

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IMAGE DETAILS
Image size
4530x3168px 1.84 MB
Make
Canon
Model
Canon EOS REBEL T1i
Shutter Speed
1/49 second
Aperture
F/5.0
Focal Length
43 mm
ISO Speed
320
Date Taken
Jan 1, 2000, 12:00:17 AM
Sensor Size
21mm
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THIS IS TRULLY BEAUTIFUL!!! Heart 
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coricanchaProfessional General Artist
Thank you Juwes! It means a lot coming from you! Can't wait to see more works from you (I added you to my watch).
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UbunticoProfessional Artisan Crafter
Excellent, I love it!
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coricanchaProfessional General Artist
Thanks so much. This means a lot to hear.
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RuvellKhaosArt Traditional Artist
Impressive love the information involved in this piece!  Always give a clear view of the past! 🌟🎨
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coricanchaProfessional General Artist
Glad you like it. The fact that you point to historical accuracy means a lot to me. Thank you always.
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RuvellKhaosArt Traditional Artist
So very welcome!!! Always a pleasure so see what your working on! 
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Eldr-FireHobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW, this is incredible! I love how you've depicted a person interacting with the artifact - really brings it to life! And your meticulously researched reconstructions are a joy to see as always. :D
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coricanchaProfessional General Artist
Thank you so much for your kind words. Much much appreciated. I try to come as close as possible to the original look. Their dress and ornaments were spectacular. 
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