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Tall, tripod jar

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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...

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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

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

Object Place

Atlantic Watershed region, Costa Rica


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




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware