The Research

Curated by Patricia Fernández Esquivel

September, 2013 – April, 2015

Between Burial and Ritual: Tripod Bowls of the Costa Rican Central Caribbean, comprised 70 bowls made by inhabitants in the Costa Rican Central Caribbean from 300 BC to 800 AD. Remains of these objects were primarily funerary offerings, a trait that gave rise to the decision of focusing on funerary rituals in this exhibit.

This exhibition sought, first and foremost, to acquaint the general public with the Museums’ tripod bowl collection and showcase its significant value. These objects now serve as material evidence of their context, of the funerary rituals themselves, and the amazing talent of pre-Columbian artisans.

The Exhibition

The bowls showcased were manufactured and used in different chronological periods corresponding to El Bosque (300 BC.-300 AD) and La Selva (300-800 d.C.) cultural phases. The tour described the contexts in order to acquaint the public with the social organization and the development of ritual activity, particularly those relating to death.

The exhibit displayed two different types of ceramic tripod bowls: the Ticabán (300 a.C-300 AD) and the África (300-800 AD). These bowls were known for their differences in form, as well as for the many representations modeled on them, the majority of which were fauna, but also human beings linked to rituals, or death itself.