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Vessel in the Form of a Bird - PF.2819
Origin: Costa Rica
Circa: 200 AD to 500 AD
Dimensions: 5.625" (14.3cm) high x 7.5" (19.1cm) wide x 9" (22.9cm) depth
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta


Location: United States
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Description
This vessel, resembling a bird of prey like a falcon, sharply pointed beak and large appliquéd eyes. Striated horizontal extensions on the sides serve both as wings and handles, as does the short tail, all decorated with incised geometric patterns. The wide rimmed bowl rests on three conical shaped legs that feature thin vertical slits. Presumably, these hollow legs once contained rattles on the inside. The phase of ceramics known as Guinea Incised utilized the technique of incising and appliqués, often producing vessels in the form of animals and birds excelling in a delightful combination of realism and abstraction. - (PF.2819)

 

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