Tripod Vessel

Tripod Vessel

A.D. 600-1000
Culture
Lenca
Locale
Northwestern Honduras
Country
Honduras
vessel, tripod
Earthenware with colored slips
Gift of Frederick and Jan Mayer
1991.57
. Tripod Vessel . A.D. 600-1000. Earthenware with colored slips. Gift of Frederick and Jan Mayer. 1991.57.
This object is currently on view
Dimensions
height: 9.125 in, 23.1775 cm; diameter: 9 in, 22.8600 cm
Department
Mayer Center, Art of the Ancient Americas
Collection
Art of the Ancient Americas

Tripod Vessel
Lenca
About A.D. 600–1000
Northwestern Honduras
Earthenware with colored slips
Gift of Frederick and Jan Mayer, 1991.57

The decoration on this exceptionally ornate vessel features painted panels framed by carved surfaces.  In the painted panels are Maya figures, identifiable by their distinctive facial profiles as well as their headgear and costuming.  Carved through the slipped surface into the vessel’s clay body are elaborate bird head profiles, and a stepped meander pattern.  Additional bird head motifs are painted around the rim.  Northwestern Honduras was located on an important trade corridor that connected central Mexico and the Maya region with Central America and northern South America.  The region’s ceramics display stylistic influence from the Maya, but retain a distinctive local character.