CULTURE: Chiriqui ORIGIN: Costa Rica / Panama AGE: Ca. 500 - 1500 A. D. An intact plainware tripod bowl measuring 4 3/4" in diameter by 3 1/4" in height. This compact vessel is circular in form and lightly flares out at the rim. It is terracotta with a dark hue due to ancient usage. The three tripod feet are zoomorphic in shape giving it has an interesting twist. The figures are upside down when the bowl is rightside up and it has to be turned upside down to make out the images. In almost all cases from this culture the figures were upright when supporting a bowl. There is a museum number and the word "Chiriqui" still visible on the underside of the piece. It is a definite museum deacquisition. It is a prime example of the plainwares created by the Chriqui culture. At a later date the ceramics in both areas became highly ornamented polychrome fantasies with supernatural creatures.