Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Gold and Other Examples of Pre-Columbian Costa Rica Art



Here are three photos of Pre-Columbian gold art work taken from the permanent exhibit in the Museo del Banco Central in San José, Costa Rica.  This museum is located under the Plaza Cultural besides the mall area and the National Theater (Teatro Nacional), and it hosts a numismatic display on the first level and temporary contemporary art exhibits on the lower level.

The exhibit that has the gold artifacts also has presentations that explain what is known of Pre-Columbian indigenous cultures in Costa Rica.  There are village displays and a full-sized model of a warrior with a sword and his peculiar ear lobe ornamentation.

 The cost of entrance for non-Costa Ricans is 5,500 colones ($11) for adults and it is half-price for students with identification.  It is open all week from 9:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.  There are several security guards in this museum and there are lockers to store your backpacks while viewing.  You can take photos, but you can't use a flash.

More Examples of Pre-Columbian Artifacts from Costa Rica:

Human ocarina

Metate

Tripod vessel with lizard figures.




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