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COSTA RICAN STONE METATE
ATLANTIC WATERSHED REGION
CA. A.D. 300-800
Of imposing 'flying-panel' form the platform supported by varied animal deities in vertical and horizontal poses representing long-beaked toucans, the central figure a standing monkey with a long openwork, curled tail at the back, in gray volcanic stone.
The massive and elegantly carved "flying panels" are hallmarks of the stone carving tradition of the Central Highlands-Watershed region. They may have been used as mortuary furniture, however the smooth and worn surface suggests the processing of foods in ceremonial contexts, possibly associated with rituals relating to agricultural deities. The specific placement of various zoomorphic figures might bear a cosmological significance(see Between Continents/Between Seas, p. 202).