A rare and unusual footed vessel from El Salvador, ca. 600 AD, 6-1/2" tall, 5-1/4" wide. The body is molded in the shape of a shell, with a traditional snail glyph in the center. The wide, flaring rim is encircled by an intricate glyph band and the foot has pyramid step designs, several of which are also incised and perforated. Plate 140 in Kelemen's "Medieval American Art" shows a similarly shaped vessel, although this one has far superior polychrome painting and a brightly burnished finish. Intact, except for one large chip (ancient) missing from the foot. An exquisite ceremonial vessel.