Art of the Ancient Americas
Artist: Unknown

Codex-Style Tripod Vessel


Ceramic with pigment

other: 22.9 cm (9 in.)
22.5 × 13 cm (8 7/8 × 5 1/8 in.)
Stephen Carlton Clark, B.A. 1903, Fund
The abstract symbols on this tripod pot refer to a ritual burning of incense. Around the rim, stylized swirls of smoke rise from the spotted incense or tobacco. The image of Tlaloc, the rain god, is as abstract as the burning offering; in the center panel, only his half-lidded eye is shown.
Oaxaca, Mexico
On view
Mexico, Oaxaca, Mixtec
Late Postclassic Period
Containers - Ceramics

Fred H. Olsen (1891–1986), and Florence Quittenton Olsen, Guilford, Conn.; gift in 1973 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


“Acquisitions, 1973,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 35, no. 1 (Summer 1974): 76.

George A. Kubler, ed., Pre-Columbian Art of Mexico and Central America (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1986), 108–9, 269, no. 239, fig. 113.

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 320, ill.

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