This magnificent jar rests on a flared pedestal
that is painted with a repeating alligator motif.
Appliquéd on one side of the body is a large face
with painted button eyes, a small nose and a
rectangular mouth with prominent teeth and a
protruding tongue. Ear ornaments with large tabs
meant to imitate gold are applied to each side.
The use of orange is often used on such effigies
to represent gold jewelry. On the reverse of the
bowl is a double band of gouache pattern, and
surmounting this, around the mouth-rim of the
entire vessel is a band of repeating animal heads.
This type of stylized painting in polychrome is
designed to create an overall surface pattern. The
decorative and symbolic qualities of this jar make
it a timeless reminder of the civilization from
whence it came.