14: Aztec Tripod Incensario, Pre-Columbian
Classic Aztec orangeware tripod pottery vessel with rattle 'bird' feet that support the central bowl, extended bird head with raised facial features. Interior of bowl has a center red circle (depicting the sun), along with an upper red banding. 12-1/4"W x 6-3/8"H.
Aztec art reflected their environment, religion and everyday life. Their region was inhabited by foxes, owls, jaguars, fish, birds, hummingbirds, deer, rabbit and duck, and they domesticated turkeys and dogs. These animals often were an inspiration for their art and decoration. Pottery was simple for everyday use, while it was elaborately decorated for the wealthy and for rituals. Ceramic pots were used to store liquids and foods and formed an essential part of every Aztec household. While most often plain and simply utilitarian, some had patterns carved into them or were painted. The Aztecs often painted the inside of bowls and usually painted in two colors; they also cut figures into the sides of clay vessels.
PROVENANCE: Ex-private NM Collection.