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 crown 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. The lower bowl has vertical stripes in light yellow. Overall, the body is heavily textured. The figure to the bowl, back leg, and tail have been reattached. The restoration was applied over the brakes. Otherwise, it is 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 the 1980’s.
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