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Cylindrical Tripod Vessel: Flowers and Symbol of the Storm God

Location

MEXICO, CENTRAL HIGHLANDS

Era

Early Classic Period (300-600 C.E.)

Culture

Teotihuacan

Title

Cylindrical Tripod Vessel: Flowers and Symbol of the Storm God

Date

450-550 C.E.

Materials

Earthenware, stucco, polychrome painted decoration

Dimensions

14.1 cm (h.), 14.5 cm (diam.)

Credits

Purchase, Horsley and Annie Townsend Bequest, inv. 1959.Ac.2

Collection

Archeology and World Cultures

This vase is decorated with polychrome motifs painted on a thin layer of stucco applied after firing. Typical of Teotihuacan, that decorative technique is found on cylindrical tripod vases used in residential settings or as offerings in the tombs of persons of high rank. Furthermore, the decoration of this vase calls to mind the finery and objects often worn by the elite figures depicted in Teotihuacan art. The oval forms may represent shields or mirrors edged with feathers and adorned with a symbol associated with the Storm God. They are separated by four-petalled flowers set on bows placed above three rows of feathers. Flowers shown sideways decorate the lower level of the vase.

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