A wonderful Potosi Applique with crocodilian effigy. 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 ring banning
appliqué surround the upper and matching lower section. 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.
Greater Nicoya region, Costa Rica, 500 - 1350 AD (Period V-VI)
Ex. Private Washington D.C. Estate, acquired before 1980’s.