Sunday, September 8, 2013
Pre-Columbian Jaguar Metate
Although this is from the Bowers Museum in Orange County, California, I will in the future show some photos form the pre-Columbian Museum in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Speaking of San Jose, the big news in Costa Rica this weekend is that at the main soccer stadium in San Jose, built just a couple of years ago as a gift of the Chinese, the Costa Rican national team beat the USA to overtake the USA to be in first place for qualifying for the World Cup next year in Brazil.
This was a revenge match because the USA beat Costa Rica earlier this year in a match played in Denver during a blizzard. Costa Rica protested, unsuccessfully, that the game should have been postponed due to the weather. Most of the Costa Ricans had probably never seen snow before, and certainly would have been unfamiliar with how to play soccer in snow. Three teams from North America, Central America and the Caribbean will qualify for the World Cup, and a fourth team could qualify if it wins a playoff with New Zealand. Surprisingly, the favored Mexican team is in danger of not qualifying.
Today is Sunday, so we have new photos posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site. This week we are showing photos from Gibraltar, a very unusual place.
Posted by Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com at 2:30 AM
Labels: Art and culture
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I brought a metate in the form of a Jaguar from San Jose, very similar to this one except it's not pre-Columbian! :-)
That metate is an amazing piece of craftsmanship. A fun story about the soccer team. Playing soccer in snow does seem a bit extreme to me.
I'm not exactly sure what a metate is (it looks like a lounge chair to me), but I like this jaguar one!
I am glad you gave us this view of the metate. It is just beautiful.
Artistic piece to work with.
I'm interested in the museum photos. We've never gone into San Jose itself.
Soccer is not a sport I know a lot about, but CR playing the US in snow should be balanced by a return match played in a burner-off sugar care field after a tropical storm.
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