Colima Vessel in the Form of a Dog - PF.0693,Origin: Western Mexico,Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD,Dimensions: 8.25" (21.0cm) high x 15.75" (40.0cm) depth,Catalogue: V2,Collection: Pre-Columbian,Style: Colima,Medium: Terracotta. The wide, almost human grimace on this dog's face probably indicates his unwillingness to be eaten, which was a regular practice in ancient West Mexico. Fat as he is, it might be difficult for him to run away. He has also, apparently, gotten used to being fed on a regular basis. So he stands there, teeth bared, trying to look mean and not really succeeding, and it seems rather pointless to tell him that in our time and place we no longer eat dogs.
Ancient Central America & Mexico