Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Section of Anthropology has the finest collection of archaeological material from Costa Rica outside of that country.
It is also the first collection that was scientifically excavated by curator Carl V. Hartman, between 1903 and 1908.
It includes carved stone benches and statuary, small jade pendants and beads, and a great variety of ceramics, including effigy whistles.
One pendant, a jade bat, is considered the finest piece of jade ever found in Costa Rica. It is due to be loaned to the Getty Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art later this year.