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This slab-footed, cylindrical tripod vessel is purely Teotihuacan in style. The meaning of the minuscule human faces around the base is unknown, as is that of the grooves on the slab feet and the seemingly abstract scrollwork in the red-painted panel on the wall of the vessel. The bird perched atop the lid is reminiscent of another Teotihuacan piece, the one nicknamed the "Crazy Hen". It is evocative of other Mesoamerican beliefs concerning bird deities.

Lidded tripod vessel
Early Classic period (150-300 A.D.)
Teotihuacan, State of Mexico
Dark clay with remnants of red and white pigments
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.

Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara