Copyright Justin Kerr K6252
FRESCOED CYLINDRICAL TRIPOD VASE WITH COVER
Teotihuacanoid Middle Classic
Painted lime stucco over brown ceramic
Total Ht. 26.5 cm (10.5"); Diam. 17.5 cm (7")
Concave-walled cylinder with rectangular hollow feet and squared openings on their backs. The lipped, shield- shaped lid has a bulbous hollow handle, with slit and perforations suggesting a bell or rattle. Most of the surface retains a stucco coating painted green, red, pink, orange, white, and black. Four painted panels alternate stylized scrolled eye, and scrolled Tlaloc mouth, motifs. Bands of stepped frets frame the top and bottom, while the rim and base borders are plain pale green. The black-painted background is covered with tiny white circles that resemble a tie-dyed fabric. The feet are painted with diagonal bars and two dots. This patterning is quite unusual, but the derivation of the vessel shape and the symbolic motifs is without question Teotihuacan. Doubtless the vase was deposited in a Maya tomb somewhere in the Guatemalan lowlands.
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