The spiked rim around the opening of the vessel
cleverly gives the impression of alligator scudes.
Appliquéd eyes look downwards, the mouth is
open slightly to accentuate the sharp teeth,
which are further highlighted by a black line
around the lips_ Two curly-cues on the upper lip
serve as nostrils and also as ornamental details
to the thick, curved nose. The figure touches his
left hand against his forehead, while holding
onto a gourd rattle with his right, pressed firmly
against his chest. Tattoo markings stand boldly
against the red slip. A thick band encircles the
torso composed of two slim bands of white
bordered by black lines, with the center
segmented by wavy white lines. A triangle with a
white circle in the middle is positioned so the tip
points towards the navel. Four small white circles
in a vertical line extend up the legs, offering a
nice counterbalance to the pellets around the
ankles. The legs are short and squat, with a 'tail'
at the back for support, creating a tripod effect.
Human figures wearing either alligator or bat
masks represent shamans in ritual dress,
captured by the sculptor in a moment of
performance or dance.