Tall, tripod jar

Atlantic Watershed
Late Period IV
A.D. 1–500

Object Place: Costa Rica, Atlantic Watershed region


26 x 25.8 cm (10 1/4 x 10 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: traces of red-orange slip

Not On View





Large jar with three tall, human effigy supports, each wearing a different type of hat. Typically, this kind of hollow support contained a clay or stone ball that rattled when the vessel was moved. These supports, however, were broken and the pellet was lost. The jar’s body is embellished with three different faces of modeled clay, two of which are humanoid and one is zoomorphic with a long snout. Appended to the edge of the jar’s rim are three, small, modeled human faces with large noses, each wearing circular ear ornaments.


Mrs. George W. Goethals (Effie Rodman Goethals) by 1925; to MFA, July 1925, gift of Mrs. George W. Goethals.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. George W. Goethals