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Artist / Maker : Unknown
Title : Untitled (Alligator Effigy Vessel)
Date (Execution) : c.1000-1550
Geographical Origin : Costa Rica
Cultural Group : Diquis
Style / Period : Pre-Columbian
Medium / Material  : Ceramic; pigment
Support / Technique :
Object Type : vessels (containers)
Visual Description : Tripod vessel with built head, legs and tail of alligator. Upper opening has a short neck with slightly flared lip. Body has red and black paint on cream slip. Conical tripod legs. Conical tail shows horizontal stripes in black. The head and tail of the alligator are applied to the shoulder of the vessel on opposite sides without compromising the spherical form of the body. The tail of the animal is curved to one side. The tripod legs are conical. The sculptured head shows nodes to indicate protruding eyes and a scale symbol on the forehead and an upturned snout. The jaws are slightly ajar and reveal teeth.
Accession # : U991.15.26
Width (cm) : 9.70
Height (cm) : 8.00
Depth (cm) : 10.50
Mandatory Credit : Gift of William and Henrietta Schmidt
Artist Statement :