Pre-Hispanic Globular Vessel
Within the Gran Nicoya Archeological Area (Guanacaste-Nicoya regions of NW Costa Rica) was found this large, globular vessel with a complex polychrome surface design. The main image (repeated on two sides) is the Mesoamerican ‘earth monster/dragon’, a terrible earth deity – always featured breaching upwards with an open maw and sharp claws .
This large vessel, most likely created for the after life (most of the Pre-Hispanic treasures of Central America come from tombs of deceased elite) and would have been created to hold such liquids as cacao the highly esteemed chocolate drink, or maybe the corn liquor called chicha. An intricate and enigmatic pattern is seen around the ring base of this vessel.
- Size: 9 1/4″ x 16 (23.5cm x 40cm)
- AD 1200 CE – European contact