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Tripod Vessel - PF.3681
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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The body of this vessel is an elegantly formed floreros shape, a name given locally because of its similarity to a flower vase. The main body is supported by three hollow conical legs, which contain rattles. The most striking element in the formation of this vessel, are the birds modeled at the point where the legs join the body. The fantastical beak-bird gods are shown carrying beasts; they were believed to be associated with a fertility cult, through carrying human seeds in their beaks. This piece is consequently not only one of aesthetic beauty, but evokes the mystic beliefs of the ancients. - (PF.3681)


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