Olmec Tlacuache Effigy Vessel, Las Bocas, Mexico 1200-900 BC
This rare Olmec ceremonial vessel depicts a tlacuache, or opossum sitting on it's haunches biting into a gourd held between forepaws. This hollow vessel may have contained a substance used in ritual transformation. Painted in a taupe-colored slip with added black bitumen spots. Ex Poolos collection acquired prior to 1970. 7 1/2" height.
cf The Olmec Word, plate 62 for similar