A Costa Rican Tripod Bowl, ca. 1000 - 1350 CE
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An excellent example of the Costa Rican tripod form, with a wide shallow bowl supported by three legs molded into points. The legs contain round ceramic pellets that function as rattles; they were probably wrapped in leaves before firing, during which the leaves burned away, freeing the rattles to emphasize the ceremonial gesture of drinking. The vessel is elegantly decorated with a band of red around the interior and exterior rim, and a stylistic fret and scroll motif that extends from the body onto the shoulders of the legs, ending above a red wash that emphasizes the legs tapering to points.
Dimensions: Diameter: 7 1/4 inches (18.41 cm), Height: 4.5 inches (11.42 cm)
Condition: Intact and in very good condition overall.
Provenance: Mirtha Virginia de Perea (1929 - 2019) private collection of Costa Rican art. Mrs. de Perea spent her entire 48-year career with the Embassy of Costa Rica in Washington, DC, achieving the rank of Cultural Minister-Counselor and Consul after having started as a secretary. She was a devoted patron of the arts, promoting numerous local artists and sponsoring many cultural events throughout her career. She also amassed an impressive collection of Latin American art. After retiring in 1999, she became a US citizen and continued her support of the arts through her membership in the Women’s Committee of the Washington National Opera and other local groups.