Colima Terracotta Dog - PF.0222,Origin: Western Mexico,Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD,Dimensions: 10" (25.4cm) high,Collection: Pre-Columbian,Style: Colima,Medium: Terracotta. There are many theories surrounding the presence of fat little dogs in the shaft tombs of West Mexico. In modern western society--with its strong devotion to canine pets--we would prefer to see them as companions for the deceased, sources of warmth and comfort in the unknown afterlife. Just as plausible, however, is the theory that these plump animals were meant as a source of food. Clearly, however, this dog has not been eaten, so it is alright in our own age to spoil him as a pet.
Ancient Central America & Mexico