Art of the Americas - Tripod Plate, Los Tuxtlas, Veracruz, Mexico

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Tripod plate
Los Tuxtlas, Veracruz, Mexico
10.75" (27.3 cm) diameter,
3.75" (9.5 cm) high
550-940 A.D.

Round ceramic plate with cylindrical tripod legs, painted black and shades of red-orange against a buff ground, the tondo a standing priest wearing a snouted helmet mask and showing a toothy grin, the blackened body with feline spots and a long curling tail, both sides of the vertical walls and everted rim painted in geometric motifs. Intact.
Ex. private collection, Iowa, ex. Sotheby's, New York,
Pre-Columbian Art, May 17, 1993, lot 171.


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