Vessel with the Masked Head of a God and Serpent Feet - PF.0569, Origin: Oaxaca, Mexico, Circa: 300 AD to 600 AD, Dimensions: 5" (12.7cm) high x 3" (7.6cm) wide, Collection: Pre-Columbian, Style: Pre-Columbian, Medium: Terracotta. Three ferocious snakes form the legs of this tripod vessel and guard the ornately-helmeted deity, who is associated with royal lineage and succession. Although designed to function as a drinking cup, the vessel also has a ceremonial rattle inside. Perhaps this is a souvenir from some ancient coronation rite. It is certainly more powerful and intriguing than the teacups we collect today on such occasions.