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Tripod Vessel - PF.3679
Origin: Costa Rica
Circa: 500 AD to 1000 AD
Dimensions: 7.5" (19.1cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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This vessel was found in a corridor tomb, which donates its funerary importance to the ancient civilization to which it belonged. This type of vessel was often locally referred to as floeros because of its resemblance to flower vases. The body is supported by three hollow conical legs, which contain rattles, and are surmounted by appliqu├ęd male figures. The vessel is formed from buff colored earthenware, and is painted with black slip. The applied male figures are portrayed wearing hats, and their bold features are achieved applying and incising the clay. One is prompted to ponder on these ancient tomb guardians. - (PF.3679)


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