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Human Figure Wearing Crocodile Mask

Arts of the Americas

On View: Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Vesicular (porous) andesite
  • Place Found: Costa Rica
  • DATES 700-1000
    PERIOD Late Period V to early Period VI
    DIMENSIONS 61 x 24 1/2 x 20 in., 631 lb. (154.9 x 62.2 x 50.8 cm, 286.22kg)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 34.5084
    CREDIT LINE Alfred W. Jenkins Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Central Caribbean. Human Figure Wearing Crocodile Mask, 700-1000. Vesicular (porous) andesite, 61 x 24 1/2 x 20 in., 631 lb. (154.9 x 62.2 x 50.8 cm, 286.22kg). Brooklyn Museum, Alfred W. Jenkins Fund, 34.5084. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 34.5084_overall_PS11.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 34.5084_overall_PS11.jpg., 2017
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Massive, carved sculpture of a standing male warrior figure with a crocodilian head, probably a mask. The figure carries a severed human trophy head cupped in his left hand and pressed against his body. The figure has pronounced breasts and male organs. His right arm is broken and missing but appears to have been flexed upward, probably holding an axe similar to other sculptures of this genre. The carved and incised crocodilian head has a broad, flat snout with visible fangs and teeth. The eyes are oval in shape and the snout is decorated with incised scrollwork. The figure wears ear spools, a hat, and bandolier decorated with incised geometrical designs. Condition: right arm and part of the hat are broken and missing.
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    Central Caribbean. <em>Human Figure Wearing Crocodile Mask</em>, 700-1000. Vesicular (porous) andesite, 61 x 24 1/2 x 20 in., 631 lb. (154.9 x 62.2 x 50.8 cm, 286.22kg). Brooklyn Museum, Alfred W. Jenkins Fund, 34.5084. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 34.5084_overall_PS11.jpg)