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U991.15.58
Artist / Maker : Unknown
Title : Untitled (Vessel)
Date (Execution) : 1000-1550
Geographical Origin : Palmar Sur, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Cultural Group : Diquis
Style / Period : Pre-Columbian
Medium / Material  : Ceramic; Paint
Support / Technique : Thrown; Built; Painted
Object Type : vessels (containers)
Visual Description : Small, globular, neckless tripod vessel with plastic and painted decoration. Plastic decoration, on opposite sides of the shoulder, is missing on one side. Remaining appendage is a small curved/vertical handle which seems to refer to the tail of an animal. The paste is fine grained and light in colour with a polished surface. The legs are conical and marked with short transverse lines in black which "have a direct reference to the markings of the vessel to which the vase was consecrated." The decoration is executed in black and red paint on a cream slip which is applied to the entire surface. Black is the prevailing colour. The lip is painted red, a black band encircles the area below the lip. The plastic ornaments are framed by arched bands in black which continue horizontally to frame two identical designs on opposite sides of the shoulder. These horizontal designs consist of rectangles outlined in black with a horizontal band in the centre. The remaining plastic ornament is decorated by two black dots framed in black, a red centre area, and two short transverse lines. The dotted area seems to refer to the body markings of the alligator.
Accession # : U991.15.58
Width (cm) : 5.00
Height (cm) : 4.00
Depth (cm) : 0.00
Mandatory Credit : Gift of William and Henrietta Schmidt
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