Art of the Ancient Americas
Artist: Unknown

Vessel and Lid with Fantastic Reptile

1000–1521

Ceramic

Bowl or base: 12.1 cm (4 3/4 in.) other (Lid): 29.2 cm(11 1/2 in.) Bowl plus lid-Overall: 41.3 x 27 cm (16 1/4 x 10 5/8 in.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Olsen
1959.55.10a-b
Plumes of smoke enveloped the snarling alligator when incense was burned inside this vessel. The artist belted the body of the incensario with appliquéd pellets reminiscent of alligator hide.
Culture: 
Costa Rica, Guanacaste, Period VI
Classification: 
Containers - Ceramic
Status: 
Not on view
Provenance: 

Reciept from Alfred Stendahl, June 27, 1956:
# C 2482 Incense burner in two parts with alligator effigy on top, Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

Bibliography: 

Yale University Art Gallery, Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin, 26, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1960), 42.

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 321, ill.

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