vessel-KHDISP236
Description
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  • Pre-Columbian, Central America, Panama or Costa Rica, ca. 800 to 1200 CE. With a complex and iconographically rich design, this large terracotta tripod vessel, sometimes called a spider-leg jar or cocoa-jar is perhaps most impressive for its looped legs adorned with upside down owls. The owl forms display elaborate detailing; note the incised x-shaped patterns on their chests, staccatoed markings adorning their applied wings and tails, engaging eyes created with concentric circles that make for a spiraled impression, and their pronounced hooked beaks. The cup form of the vessel itself is further adorned with a band of incised decoration. The owl is a nocturnal bird that various Pre-Columbian cultures associated with earth, darkness, death, and the underworld. Given such deep symbolism, this vessel was most likely used in ritualistic ceremonies by the indigenous.

  • Weight

    4lb.

    Height

    9.25"

    Width

    8.5"

    Depth

    8.5"

    Weight

    4lb.

    Height

    9.25"

    Width

    8.5"

    Depth

    8.5"

    Date

    1st Century

    Medium

    Terracotta

    Origin

    Central America

    Frame

    No