Pre-Columbian Costa Rican Tripod Rattle Chocolate Pot with Flute Players

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Seller: phenomenologist (4,326) 100%, Location: Edgerton, Wisconsin, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 264483089148 Offered here for your very kind consideration is a Pre-Columbian Costa Rican tripod-legged effigy "chocolate pot" ca. 400-700 CE (400 to 700 BC). This La Selva tripod terracotta vase is from the Atlantic Watershed region of Costa Rica. It is a ceremonial vessel about 25-cm (10-inches) high and about 18-cm (7-inches) across that weighs 1310-grams (just under 2-pounds). It is supported by three long, hollow legs each with one long slit. Inside the hollow slitted legs are spheres that make the piece rattle when shakken. Straddling all three of the legs are zoomorphic creatures, with very long skinny legs, perhaps monkeys. Their faces resemble those of a bat, however, they have human fingers and toes. They appear to be playing what are almost certainly flutes. Each wears an ornate headpiece. The vase is elongated with a corseted neck. The vase is colored in a rich chocolate brown color with a smooth surface and some traces of red paint. Broken pieces were glued back together in places with a bit of white plaster used as filler. There are some age cracks. Overall, it is in very good to fine condition, considering its age. Material: Terracota, Provenance: Estate auction piece

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