Crocodilian style effigy jar from the Nicoya Region of Costa Rica. This superlative
pear-shaped polychrome ceramic vessel has two protruding crocodile heads with a beautiful
complex painted motif that stands on hollow rattle tripod legs. Openwork mouth prominently
exposes his upper and lower teeth. Two continuous painted bands separate the lower
crocodilian vessel to the wide panel effigy around the neck of the jar. A ritual
imagery of Tlaloc is decorated between the upper and lower geometric designs. Buff
Tan slip, burnished, with black and orange-red paint. Rare. Reassembled from large
sections with minor restoration over breaks.
Early period VI, 1000 - 1550 AD
Measures 13"/33 cm in height.
Jaguar heads are the most common applied heads of such jars. Having a star role in
the religious and mythological concepts expressed through the designs on polychrome
ceramics, the powerful crocodile prevailed in design schemes at an earlier period.
The added human or deity face on this vessel makes it very unique as both symbols
are associated simultaneously with the rains, fertility and life giver.