Monday, April 21, 2014
These metates were not used for grinding corn, as they do not show signs of being used. Instead, they were funerary offerings buried with nobility between 500 B.C. and 500 A.D. They come from northwest Costa Rica, which is the province where Tamarindo is located.
The skillfulness of the artisans who carved these is indeed impressive. It is also interesting how ancient cultures incorporate animal designs into the most precious of objects, as metates buried with nobility must have been.
We have photos from a cruise up the east coast of Baja California in Mexico's Sea of Cortez posted this week on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.