Fine Costa Rica Metate, Guanacaste-Nicoya Region,
Late Period IV to Early Period V, ca. A.D. 300 - 700
height 16in (40.6cm); length 43in (109.2cm)
Private Collection, Maine, acquired in the 1960s
This intricately carved metate from coarse gray stone has a convex, rectangular workbench and is supported by three openwork legs, the whole highlighted by an exquisitely carved openwork jaguar head at the front.