Mesoamerican pre-columbian rotating head and body base

Apr 18, 2018. 23:00 UTC
Mesoamerican Pre-Columbian Rotating Head and Body Base
Dr. Shawn
United States of America

Category
Antiques & curio

Acquired from
Other

For sale
Maybe
Description

The 'head' rotates on the body base; Approx 16" x 10" x 4"; looks to carved out of granite solid rock; Appears 'Alien' in form; Looks as if used as some sort of 'mortor-pestle'; though why in this form? Possibly used for in ceremony? (for mayan, sacrifice, aztec, crushing hearts, ???) the 'base' appears to be carved in a 'heart' shape.

Provenance

Purchased over 20 years ago from local in Costa Rica.

Answered within 2 days
Apr 20, 19:54 UTC
By Klaus

Fair Market Value

$50 - $200 USD

Insurance Value

$250 USD
What does this mean?

Thank you for submitting your item for appraisal. This appears to be a basalt conglomerate stone carving .I could not locate anything similar in museum collections. The facial features, the hairstyle, the collar etc. don´t fit to any culture of that region, the parallel scratches at the bottom appear to be traces of modern machinery. Unless proven otherwise I would consider this a modern artefact. In addition the new cultural relics protection laws would require you to have official papers from Costa Rica to be able to legally sell it. The estimate is for a modern decorative stone carving.

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