Early Classic Period (300-600 C.E.)
Cylindrical Tripod Vessel: Flowers and Symbol of the Storm God
Earthenware, stucco, polychrome painted decoration
14.1 cm (h.), 14.5 cm (diam.)
Purchase, Horsley and Annie Townsend Bequest, inv. 1959.Ac.2
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.