About this object

History of use

Pre-Columbian Costa Rica was part of the transitional zone between the traditions of Meso America and South America. Influences from both areas are evident with the most powerful and extensive coming from the north, particularly for the Pacific area. This ceramic appears to be a tapir or pig-like rattle, however the head is missing.


Guanacaste-Nicoya archaeological zone; Period V-VI (Polychrome).

Cultural context

pottery fragment

Physical description

Hollow ceramic four-footed animal figure with cream slip with black, orange, and red-brown linear design. Orange to grey paste. Short legs, pinched tail, and head is broken off (missing). Rounded, plumb body. Rectangular slot at centre-bottom. Clay ball inside. Bottom of legs show orange paste.