Tripod vessel with effigy lid

Early Classic Period
A.D. 350–550

Object Place: Mexico or Guatemala


12.7 x 20.5 cm (5 x 8 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware: brown slip paint

Not On View





Tripod cylinder vessel decorated with two horizontal rows of hollow, appliquéd, seed pod-like elements filled with tiny pellets that rattle when the vessel is moved. The upper row contains fourteen appliqués and the lower row has fifteen. These two rows are separated by three rows of elongated oval appliqués with fabric impressions on some in the two lower rows; the uppermost row is covered by the appliquéd pod-like elements. The three hollow supports have cut-out geometric forms (circles and triangles). The remains of a white matrix on the supports may have come from the vessel’s burial environment (perhaps a tomb). See 1983.399a, the vessel’s turtle-and-maize-god effigy lid.


With Alphonse Jax, New York, by 1983; to MFA, October 1983, gift of Alphonse Jax.

Credit Line

Gift of Alphonse Jax