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Puma Vessel

800-1200 CE
8 1/2 x 13 in. (21.6 x 33 cm)

Unknown, Greater Nicoya
Costa Rican

Object Type: Ceramics
Medium and Support: Clay, pigment
Credit Line: Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Accession Number: 1969.101
Location: Currently on view
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The puma is found throughout Central and South America. It is slightly smaller than the jaguar and its tawny coat is unspotted. Both animals are excellent hunters, being especially active at dawn and dusk. Their ability to move through the darkness, coupled with their strength and stealth, make them excellent alter-egos for the shaman. The cup on the back of this puma vessel is decorated with a depiction of another puma.
[Gallery label text, 2009]

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Dr. and Mrs. Henry Buxbaum, Canandaigua, NY; purchased from them by the Gallery in 1969

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