Colima Vessel in the Form of a Seated Dog - PF.1427,Origin: Western Mexico,Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD,,Dimensions: 9.75" (24.8cm) high,Collection: Pre-Columbian,Style: Colima,Medium: Terracotta. The role of the dog in ancient Mexican society was important and varied. Dog effigies have been found in the vast majority of tombs in the Colima region, however, the function of these sculptures is uncertain. In myth, the dog guided humans down the path to the underworld, while in real life they were often eaten as a great delicacy. Whether intended for food or companionship, the Colima dogs have an appealing charm. This unusually fine example represents a known breed with folds of wrinkled skin. Looking at this alert and eager face, we realize that dog's characters have changed little over time.
Ancient Central America & Mexico