STUCCOED TRIPOD VESSELS FROM TEOTIHUACÁN: AN EXAMINATION OF MATERIALS AND MANUFACTURE
Jessica M. Fletcher
To date, only one possible manufacturing area for cylindrical tripod vessels has been identified through excavation. Without physical evidence of the tools and materials used in these workshops, the main source of information on technology and manufacture is the vessels and sherds themselves (Conides 1997). The 13 sherds examined in this study have added considerably to the body of knowledge. Through analysis, the layered structure of the stucco decoration was specifically detailed, and the materials used were identified. It was also discovered that cinnabar is not as widely used on cylindrical tripod vessels as previously thought.
Clearly there are variations in the materials used for stucco decoration, justifying further research on the subject. It would be of particular interest to the author to pursue more in-depth analysis of sherds with red applications underneath the stucco. The scope could also be broadened to include more cultural interpretation. It is possible that other trends in materials and manufacture will become apparent.