This vessel is a wonderful piece of artistry. The
tripod legs are very round and sturdy lacking any
signs of tribal design other than a solid black
line separating the legs from the vessel. The
monkey's body is in the shape of a robust gourd.
The head protrudes from the vessel and the face
is realistic. The monkey's jaw is jutting forward
and the mouth is opened and holds a red object.
The arms and hands are painted on the vessel.
The long neck of the vessel is covered in many
significant tribal designs and geometric patterns.
There is a beautiful repetitious motif of jaguars
crouching down. The Costa Ricans used the
flora and fauna of their environment as the
subject matter for the art they produced. The
images of certain animals symbolized different
powers. The monkey is a humorous and
intelligent animal always offering entertainment
and perhaps their food. This zoomorphic effigy
vessel of a monkey most probably contained
food that the monkey was the protector for.