This is a Pre-Columbian MIXTEC Tripod Vessel with Rattles, from Mexico, 800 - 1400 A.D. It measures about 7" X 7" X 4 3/4" ( 17.9 cm X 17.9 cm X 12.1 cm ). The Mixtec Culture was a Mesoamerican indigenous group that occupied the region called La Mixteca (currently, the Mexican States of Oaxaca, Guerrero, and Puebla). The capital was Tilantongo. There were several important sites, including Achiutla, Cuilapan, Huajuapan, Mitla, Tlaxiaco, Tututepec, Juxtlahuaca, and Yucuñudahui. The Mixtecs were also in Monte Alban, a place originally inhabited and developed by the Zapotecs. The Mixtecs excelled in stone, wood, and metal works. Upon the arrival of the Spaniards, many Mixtecs migrated to other parts of Mexico and the United States. Mixtecs were known for their Codices (phonetic pictures) in deer skin, where they wrote their history and genealogy. They were also jewelers that worked with gold and turquoise.