A wonderful crocodilian ceramic vessel. This ritual incense burner has a top cover
finalized with a portrayal of an aggressive spiny Caiman. Three rows of exaggerated
pointed scutes crowns his elongated head. Two Double rows of bead shape appliqué
surround the upper and lower section of both half. White and red colors faintly appear
near the eyes and legs. Lower bowl has vertical stripes in light yellow. Overall
body is heavily textured. The figure to the bowl has been reattached along with
a back leg and tail. Restoration applied over the brakes. Otherwise in excellent
condition. Measures 13.5"/34.3 cm in height.
Costa Rica, 500 - 1350 AD (Period V-VI)
Ex. Private Washington D.C. Estate, acquired before 1980’s.