Tripod vessel - ROM2019_17478_27


Tripod vessel

Medium:Carved brown ware clay
Geography: Central highlands or Atlantic watershed, Costa Rica
Date: AD 1 - 500
16 × 19.2 × 20 cm
Object number: 2018.11.2
Credit Line: Gift of Philip and Marian Brady
Not on view

Tripod vessels were a common vessel type in ancient Costa Rica.  This example was rendered in the Zoned Biochrome style, where red and the natural buff or brown of the fired clay are the most common colours.  Although the purpose of the vessel remains unknown, the supports are highly stylized human faces.  The faces may evoke sacrifice, an important element of Pre-Columbian religion or represent elites who carry the burden of the vessel on behalf of the people.

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