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Tripod Vessel - PF.4285
Origin: Costa Rica
Circa: 500 AD to 800 AD
Dimensions: 9.75" (24.8cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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Creativity seemed to be key in the designs of earthenware in past civilizations. This dark burnished vessel demonstrates the uniqueness in design. The feet of the vessel are in fact the beaks of birds. The artist created the vessel tripods to be reminiscent of a particular bird. The bell shaped vessel, narrows at the upper portion of the vessel, adding a truly original appearance. The decoration on the vessel has been restricted to bands on the top and bottom parts of the vessel. However, this increases its beauty and allows a careful study of the geometric patterning inside. Such ingenuity creates a timeless beauty that can only be found in ancient craftsmanship. - (PF.4285)


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