Greater Nicoya female figure, AD 800–1350. Near Rivas, Rivas Department, Nicaragua, Pottery, clay slip, and paint. Collected about 1920 by Raul R. Barrios, acquired by MAI in 1928 (15/9362). Photo by Ernest Amoroso, Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.
The tripod form was a common one for vessels but here the artist plays with the form to help enhance the animal’s figure. Greater Nicoya tripod vessel in the form of an agouti, AD 1000–1350 Nicoya, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica Pottery