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Mora Queen, AD 800-1200, Costa Rica

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Greater Nicoya woman of an elevated social status. Reconstruction is based on a female figurine from the Linea Vieja area (i.pinimg.com/originals/7b/18/8…). Nicoya Mora Polychrome figurines were typically shown with body painting and tattoos covering their shoulders and chest. In addition high-ranked woman wore earspools made of gold and necklaces with beads made of gold and shells.  

"Art and Culture from Ecuador to Honduras", Yale Univ. Press, January 2017

www.academia.edu/1222402/Recon…
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I remember seeing the artifact thinking of how it could look like in art and you did a great job

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coricanchaProfessional General Artist

You can be so proud to be Costa Rican. A wonderful country, and an amazing culture. I was always fascinated by the pre-columbian ceramics. They are so beautiful.

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UbunticoProfessional Artisan Crafter
Linea Vieja is in the Atlantic watershed, far away from Nicoya in the Pacific watershed. But the representation is very good.
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Indeed, Nicoya, and Linea Vieja (Atlantic Watershed) are completely different regions. But there is no doubt that they were connected by trade. For example, in Period V Nicoya got strong influence and ceramics from the northern Ulua Valley, Honduras (Ulua Polychrome). A Mora Polychrome figurine doesn't need to be found in Nicoya. Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador and the Antilles were connected by a far-reaching trading network, an area which in recent publications is called Isthmo-Colombian Area (see for example Hoopes and Quilter 2003). 
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KhasdannyanlordStudent Traditional Artist
awesome colors!
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Thanks a lot. She will appreciate the comment!
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SaxtorphArtProfessional Traditional Artist
Stunning!! :la: 
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Thanks a lot! It's very much appreciated. 
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You're very welcome :D
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Epic shading :love:
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MariaJoseCreationsStudent General Artist
I live in Costa Rica and I recognize the pottery you used, I have been to the national museaum several times and I gotta say well done! I love your art especially the style
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Thank you so much for your kind words. It's a great compliment for me that you recognize the objects. Very, very motivating. Again, thanks so much!
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Sir-Aedan-McCromlechHobbyist General Artist
Hermosa imagen.
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Gracias muchissima. Always great to receive a comment from you! Yo valoro de verdad!!!
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:)
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Thank you for the kind smiley. Happy New Year! Feliz Año Nuevo!

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Sir-Aedan-McCromlechHobbyist General Artist
:)
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impresionante, que extraño tocado
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Thank you ucumari. The ceramic effigies done in the Mora Polychrome style are spectacular. Many of them show women seated on thrones. Their headdresses are a kind of pan-Chibchan “crowns” and differ remarkably from headdresses used in the Mesoamerican area or the Central Andes. They were probably made of textile/basket, maybe a combination of both. 

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wonderful picture
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Thanks a lot.Very motivating. 
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