A Costa Rican tripod bowl with rattle legs modelled as demonic heads

A Costa Rican tripod bowl with rattle legs modelled as demonic heads

Code: 1786

£375.00
Qty 
Description: A good-sized brown ware tripod bowl with legs modelled as fanged and rather demonic-looking heads. The vessel with worn pale brown slip and the legs hollow containing balls to provide rattles, with traces of black and red decoration for the eyes and mouths. Overall surface wear, one face nose lost and some rim sherds reattached with one triangular rim sherd missing.

Size: 120 mm/5.1 ins. high and the bowl 215 mm/8.5 ins. in diameter

Culture: Costa Rica

Date: c. 700-1000 A.D.

Provenance: Ex Yorkshire Private Collection.

Notes: These legs have been interpreted as representing alligator or jaguar heads but appear to the modern eye almost gargoyle-like.