Vessel with Supernatural Figure and Centipedes Artist: Unknown

A.D. 800–1200

Art of the Ancient Americas

On view, 1st floor, Art of the Ancient Americas


Ceramic with pigment


12 × 14 1/2 in. (30.5 × 36.8 cm)
other (Rim diameter): 7 in. (17.8 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of the Rubin-Ladd Foundation under the bequest of Ester R. Portnow

Accession Number



Late Coclé


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Stanley Marcus (1905–2002), Dallas, by 1993; sold to Alice Baker and Paul Baker, Tucson, Arizona, November 1993 [see note 1]; sale, Bonham's, San Francisco, December 6, 2004, lot 1512. Sale, Sotheby’s, New York, May 13, 2011, lot 121. [Sale, Heritage Auctions, Dallas, November 13, 2017, lot 70303 (unsold)]. The Rubin-Ladd Foundation, Georgetown, Conn., and New York, by 2018; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2018

Note 1: Email from the Tucson Museum of Art to the Gallery, September 14, 2022 (copy in accession file)

This work appears on our "Antiquities and Archaeological Material with Provenance Documentation Gaps" page.
  • "Acquisitions July 1, 2017–June 30, 2018," (accessed December 1, 2018).
  • Sotheby's, New York, African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art: Including Property from the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, sale cat. (May 13, 2011), 21.
  • Jane Stevenson Day, Precolumbian Art from the Collection of Paul L. and Alice C. Baker, ed. Robert Yassin, exh. cat. (Tucson, Ariz.: Tucson Museum of Art, 1996), 43, no. 39, ill.
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Object/Work type

mythology, utilitarian objects, vessels


birds (animals)

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