Tripod vessel with effigy lid
Early Classic Period
Object Place: Mexico or Guatemala
10.1 x 17.8 cm (4 x 7 in.)
Medium or Technique
Earthenware: brown slip paint with post-fire yellow and white pigment
Not On View
The lid is embellished with a modeled and carved rendering of the Maize god emerging from a cross-shaped opening in the back of a turtle, which symbolizes the earth. The Maize god is painted white, and the turtle’s carapace and legs are tinted yellow. Attached to the outer edge of the lid are fourteen hollow appliqued elements, perhaps rendering seed pods. These are filled with tiny pellets that rattle when the lid is moved. See 1983.399b for the tripod cylinder vase paired with this lid.
With Alphonse Jax, New York, by 1983; to MFA, October 1983, gift of Alphonse Jax.
Gift of Alphonse Jax