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Terracotta Polychrome Tripod Bowl - PF.4229
Origin: Costa Rica
Circa: 1100 AD to 1550 AD

Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: UAE
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The finer objects produced in Ancient Costa Rica tend to have a ritualistic-cult association as seen in their iconography, though the precise meaning is often unknown. However, the jaguar/human effigy figures on vases and bowls are probably related to the jaguar cults that flourished for centuries in Central and South America. The refined elegance of this bowl, with its cream slip background and fine-line drawing, is associated with the Luna Polychrome style. The tripod legs are beautifully modeled jaguar heads, with mouth open wide exposing fierce teeth, and eyes cleverly highlighted with red and black to make them appear even more intense. The interior shows a pair of stylized birds, (or one bird with two heads), facing in opposite directions. Its wings are very geometric, yet quite effective and feathery. A bold red circle in the center provides a focal point for the eyes to roam around the intricate pattern of the upper rim. The overall effect is one of simplicity coupled with complex designs, of vibrant energy swirling on the interior and static energy on the outside, combined into an ever changing, dynamic object of beauty. - (PF.4229)


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