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Terracotta Tripod Vessel - PF.3660
Origin: Costa Rica
Circa: 500 AD to 800 AD
Dimensions: 12.5" (31.8cm) high
Catalogue: V18
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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From the pear-shaped body of this tripod a long neck rises to an averted mouth rim. The neck is free of decoration except for dual vertical ridges containing incised circles, matching the spots on the leopards. These handsome cats are attached to the upper portion of the tubular legs; their heads turned to the side slightly raised to best reveal their quizzical expressions. Each one bears an identical pattern, backs criss-crossed by a double line of holes, also around the neck, arms and legs and thick tail. Such tripods as this one, known as 'chocolate pots" or locally as floreros because of their pear-shaped bodies, may have been funerary vessels connected with internments; or used as special household objects for ritual purposes. In either case, this vessel would have been made for wealthy noblemen who could afford the work of a highly skilled ceramic artist. - (PF.3660)


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