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Artist / Maker : Unknown
Title : Untitled (Effigy Vessel)
Date (Execution) : 1000-1550
Geographical Origin : Diquis Delta, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Cultural Group : Diquis
Style / Period : Pre-Columbian
Medium / Material  : Ceramic; paint; glaze
Support / Technique :
Object Type : vessels (containers)
Visual Description : Miniature effigy vessel with painted and relief decoration which probably refers to the alligator or crocodile. The head and tail are in relief and are applied to the shoulder on opposite sides without impairing the spherical form of the neckless vessel. The tail is in the form of a cone and curved to one side. The stylized head is sculptured. The lower part of the vessel is flattish. The decoration is executed in black and red paint on a cream slip which is applied to the entire surface. Black is the delineating colour. The surface is polished. Panels on opposite sides of the shoulder frame the head and tail which are set in the rectangular area outlined in black. The opposite panel contains a smaller panel, outlined in red and red diagonal lines, indicating three triangles with a dot in the centre. Below the panels, outlined in black paint, a black band encircles the body; the lip is painted red. Black paint appears on the stylized head and tail. Body of vessel is globular with a flattened base.
Accession # : U991.15.35
Width (cm) : 7.30
Height (cm) : 5.50
Depth (cm) : 7.30
Mandatory Credit : Gift of William and Henrietta Schmidt
Artist Statement :