Offering Vessel


Medium: Carved steatite, pigment

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:900-200 B.C.E.

Dimensions: 1 7/8 x 6 5/8 x 6 5/8 in. (4.8 x 16.8 x 16.8 cm)


Museum Location: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The Americas’ First Peoples, 4000 B.C.E.–1521 C.E.


Accession Number: 71.23

Catalogue Description:
Carved stone bowl with an image in relief of a spider with two human arms and legs, and eight radiating trophy heads. The spider holds a knife in one hand and a decapitated head in the other. A snake emerges from a Strombus shell in the genital area. The trophy heads allude to the figure’s supernatural powers. The spider may be associated with fertility rituals and stories of human sacrifice. Condition: good.

Brooklyn Museum