Costa Rica, Southern Nicoya region, Pataky Polychrome style, 11th-16th century
Earthenware with colored slips, Overall: 29.5 x 22.1 x 29.8 cm (11 5/8 x 8 11/16 x 11 3/4 in.). Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1997.3
The Pataky style excells in animal portrayals that combine a modeled head with a flat vessel chamber that doubles as the animal’s body. It may be important that many of these animals strike human poses; creatures that combine the human and animal often have mythic import.
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