Colima Dog - DK.036
Origin: Mexico (Western)
Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD
Dimensions: 7.25" (18.4cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Style: Colima
Medium: Terra Cotta
Condition: Extra Fine


One of the most exciting and expressive Pre-Columbian art styles belongs to a group of people who lived in the pacific region of Ancient Mexico close to the 13,000 foot-high volcano "Colima." Here, artists modeled in clay a rich assortment of animal and plant figures, a striking example of which is revealed in this dog-effigy vessel. Portrayed with realism, this canine was created as a burial object, its function to accompany the deceased on his or her long journey to the after-life. The dog's spirit acts as both guide and guard. Seated on it's hinde legs with a spout on the right hip, ears perked and mouth open, this dog appears to be suspended in motion moving forward and up at the same time. One can almost see his alert ears twitching and hear his bark, as he attentively guides his master through the journey to the after-life. This sculpted canine expresses most ardently an Ancient people's extreme regard for an intimate relationship with the natural world that surrounded them. PF.3424



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