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Pre-Columbian Chiriqui Tripod

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Item Details

  • Width:
    6" Inches
  • Height:
    5 1/4" Inches
  • Period:
    Pre-18th Century
  • Origin:
    America
This intriguing vessel has tripod supports modeled and incised in the form of stylized fish, possibly sharks with sophisticated details including fins and barbels. Each hollow support contains a single clay pellet that rattles when the vessel is moved. Two handles, each composed of two clay coils twisted together, are attached to the rim and sides of the bowl. Aquatic animals feature quite prominently in the arts of this area and otherworldly animals are represented that combine idealized attributes such as aggression and flexibility. These animals seemed to have had important cosmological significance. A tripod vessel almost exactly like this one is part of the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

Circa, 1000-1450 AD

6" wide x 5 1/4" high

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