<em>Tripod Bowl</em>, 800-1500. Ceramic, pigment, 14 3/16 x 11 15/16 x 11 7/8 in. (36 x 30.3 x 30.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Minor C. Keith in memory of her husband, 31.1082. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 31.1082_bw.jpg)

Tripod Bowl

Medium: Ceramic, pigment

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Dimensions: 14 3/16 x 11 15/16 x 11 7/8 in. (36 x 30.3 x 30.2 cm) 13 3/4 x 11 1/2 x 11 3/4 in. (34.9 x 29.2 x 29.8 cm)


Accession Number: 31.1082

Image: 31.1082_bw.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
A large tripod bowl with tall, triangular, hollow legs that are decorated with human faces. Each face has three circular perforations for the eyes and mouth, a large round perforation at the back of each leg, an appliqué nose with two small perforations for nostrils, as well as two appliqué forms at the top of each head with three small perforations that could be ears. The walls of the bowl are tall and concave and the rim is flared. Orange slip is applied to the whole bowl, which is decorated with broad yellow painted lines depicting a double-headed human on three rectangular panels. Two of the panels have yellow x markings around the figures and the third panel has dash (-) markings. The ceramic style is Irazú Yellow Line, Cartago-La Cabaña Period, 800-1500. Condition: Good; one leg was broken and reattached. The rim is chipped with sections that were reconstructed with plaster. Some of the painted decoration is abraded. The inside of the bowl has some chips. From previous record, 31399: Large orange-ware, tripod jar with hollow legs; tall, concave body; and flared rim. The legs are in the form of an abstract human heads with circular holes for the eyes and mouth, perforations for the nostrils, and a slit at the back. The body of the vessel is decorated with three(?) white human stick figures inside a white-outlined square. (Note: this description is based upon viewing the piece on the shelf, not from close examination - N. Rosoff 3/28/11).

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