Small Ceremonial Parrot Effigy Metate



Small Ceremonial Parrot Effigy Metate




300 - 700 AD


Period IV- Period V
Central America, Greater Nicoya, Costa Rica


6 3/8 x 13 x 5 7/8 in. (16.2 x 33 x 14.9 cm)

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The metate [may-tah-tay], or grinding platform, was carved into many creative forms in ancient Costa Rica. This metate take the form of a parrot, identifiable by the characteristic curved beaks, prominent tongue, and markings around the eyes.

Credit Line

Ex coll. William C. and Carol W. Thibadeau


MCCM Permanent Collection Reinstallation, September 2002 - June 2012
Rebecca Stone-Miller, Seeing With New Eyes: Highlights of the Michael C. Carlos Museum Collection of Art of the Ancient Americas (Atlanta: Michael C. Carlos Museum, 2002), 134, figure 295.


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“Small Ceremonial Parrot Effigy Metate,” Michael C. Carlos Museum Collections Online, accessed February 19, 2019,

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