Clay pottery tripod ”Teotihuachan”
Pre-Columbian era, Mexico, Mesoamerica, private collection from Finland.
Lovely small terracotta tripod vessel are from the Teotihuachan civilization, Pre-Columbian era Mexico, Central America c. 400AD-650AD.
Pre-Columbian art encompasses the artefacts created by the indigenous peoples from the second millennium BC to the time of arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492, when the existing culture were conquered by the Europeans.
Beyond the more familiar civilisations such as the Incas and the Maya, smaller ethnic groups were able to develop their own distinctive cultures and artistic style. Many of these civilizations had long faded by the time of the first permanent European colonies and are known only through archaeological investigations and oral history.
A very large proportion of pre-Columbian art is of terracotta. This petite terracotta tripod vessel has round globular body supported on three short knob feet. Beautiful burnt reddish brown patina and polished finish. Age-related wear, abrasion and small crack on the rim. Encrustation. Dirt, soil and dust. Size approx. 5,7cm x 5,6cm x 5,7cm. Weight c. 88g.