Tripod Bowl

Tripod Bowl

600-1000

Marble

Overall: 8.1 x 6.9 x 10.9 cm (3 3/16 x 2 11/16 x 4 5/16 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Gruener 1990.171

Fun Fact

One of two vessels that were the first ancient American artworks collected by James and Florence Gruener.

Description

Between about 600 and 800, white marble vessels carved in dense relief on their outer surfaces were a form of luxury and wealth in the Ulúa region of Honduras. Two confronting profile zoomorphic heads occur on each side of this example, between three-dimensional handles shaped as bat heads. Originally the vessel may have been covered with stucco and brightly painted.

See also
Collection: 
AA - Mesoamerica
Department: 
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Marble

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