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Tripod Anthropomorphic Figure

Arts of the Americas

MEDIUM Ceramic
  • Place Made: Costa Rica
  • DATES 500-1000
    DIMENSIONS 12 3/16 x 6 1/4 x 6 1/2 in. (31 x 15.9 x 16.5 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 31.1687
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. Minor C. Keith in memory of her husband
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Tripod Anthropomorphic Figure, 500-1000. Ceramic, 12 3/16 x 6 1/4 x 6 1/2 in. (31 x 15.9 x 16.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Minor C. Keith in memory of her husband, 31.1687. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.31.1687_view1.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, CUR.31.1687_view1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2014
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION [From accession book] Brown tripod pottery anthropomorphic figure. Pierced rattle feet. Hands crossed on breast. Plastic decoration modeled on back of figure. Condition: top of head chipped, rattle balls missing, surface worn. [From 31682] A standing male effigy figure with two legs and a tail; his spine is exposed and his arms crossed on his chest. The face has appliqued ears with small earspools, incised slanted eyes and a large nose, mouth with teeth and incisions from the bottom of the nose across the face (wrinkles?). The figure has small breasts and a pronounced penis; the legs and tail have vertical slits. The remains of a hat sit on the figure's head and there is a plain rim; The feet have ankles. There is a half-paper label with the number 113 attached to the ceramic. The ceramic style is La Selva. Condition: fair, there is rim damage.
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     <em>Tripod Anthropomorphic Figure</em>, 500-1000. Ceramic, 12 3/16 x 6 1/4 x 6 1/2 in. (31 x 15.9 x 16.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Minor C. Keith in memory of her husband, 31.1687. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.31.1687_view1.jpg)