Miniature vessel - HO457_1


Miniature vessel

Geography: Atlantic watershed, Costa Rica
Date: AD 1000 - 1500
6.1 × 8.4 × 8.03 cm
Object number: HO457
Not on view

Rendered in the Stone Cist-ware style, this miniature evokes the styles typical features such as modelled heads, incised lines, and appliqué.  These features, however, are largely unintelligible on the small canvas of the pot, such that they were likely interpreted based on one’s knowledge of full-size examples.  The effigy head on one side of the vessel, for example, may evoke the theme of human sacrifice that is further developed elsewhere in the Stone Cist-ware style.

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