DescriptionHuastec "Tea Pot" Vessel with Faces
C. 1200-1400 AD
White Slipped Terra Cotta
5" Tall x 9" Wide
The cream covered squat jug is designed with a saucer like shape, flaring opening and long pouring spout. In modeled relief, on either side are human faces, one with the mouth open wide and the opposing with cooing voice. Ornately decorated in dark brown, each has a headdress with ornamentation and also bold designs on the tapering underside. The entire imagery depicts a singing male and female. Huastec tea pots are scarce and were reserved for ceremonial use. The ornate nature depicted here shows a use possibly related to a ritual singing ceremony. In solid condition with only two areas of repair at the rim, the overall presence and detail of this example is quite unusual.
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