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Vessel with the Masked Head of a God and Serpent Feet - PF.0569
Origin: Oaxaca, Mexico
Circa: 300 AD to 600 AD
Dimensions: 5" (12.7cm) high x 3" (7.6cm) wide
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta


Additional Information: SOLD
$4,200.00
Location: United States
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Three ferocious snakes form the legs of this tripod vessel and guard the ornately-helmeted deity, who is associated with royal lineage and succession. Although designed to function as a drinking cup, the vessel also has a ceremonial rattle inside. Perhaps this is a souvenir from some ancient coronation rite. It is certainly more powerful and intriguing than the teacups we collect today on such occasions. - (PF.0569)

 

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