Guanacaste Turkey Vessel
This stately turkey vessel is typical of such pieces belonging to a distinct pottery style , called the Papagayo tradition, traditional to the Pacific Northwest of Costa Rica. Such regional aesthetics to be found in this piece are the Mesoamerican elements such as the geometrics rings this vessel’s upper lip and base, as well as stylized ‘feathered serpents’ (an allusion to Quetzalcoatl) about the middle of the vessel’s extended lip.
These Papagayo pots were very sought after by the elite during this era throughout lower Central America as chronicled by the Spanish explorers who also admired the pottery traditions from this region. The cultures that were making such pieces are clearly from the Mesoamerican material and esoteric traditions. The Guanacaste/Nicoya region is the southernmost extent of Mesoamerica.
- Size: 11″ (28 cm) tall
- 1200 CE – European contact