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Art of the Ancient Americas
Artist: Unknown

Codex-Style Tripod Vessel

1250–1521

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
1973.88.5
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.
Geography: 
Made in Oaxaca, Mexico
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Mexico, Oaxaca, Mixtec
Period: 
Late Postclassic Period
Classification: 
Containers - Ceramics
Provenance: 

Ex-Collection: Fred Olsen

Bibliography: 

“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.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.