Colima Vessel in the Form of a Standing Dog - PF.2598,Origin: Western Mexico,Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD,Dimensions: 7.75" (19.7cm) high x 6.5" (16.5cm) wide,Collection: Pre-Columbian,Style: Colima,Medium: Terracotta. The state of Colima, is located in the Pacific Coast region of West Mexico, supported a thriving ancient culture which, between about 300 B.C. and 600 A.D., produced a remarkable variety of ceramic art, ranging from the naturalistic rendering of human figures to the Myriad plant and animal life found in the region. These terracotta sculptures, as revealed in this charming dog-effigy vessel, are full of timeless energy and spirit. Created as a burial object, this ceramic animal's function was to accompany the deceased on his or her journey to the afterlife, the dog's spirit acting as both guide and guard. This particular breed of ancient canine is known as the Mexican hairless, its wrinkled gray skin the color of stone, giving it the ancient name of Techichi, (Tetl meaning 'stone,' Chichi meaning 'dog'). Poised on all fours with spout-shaped tail upright, ears perked and nose in the air, this chubby Techichi appears to be suspended in motion. One can almost see his ever-alert ears and nose twitching and hear his high-pitched bark, as he attentively guides his master through the journey to the afterlife. A stunning example of Colima artistry, this sculpted canine expresses most ardently an ancient people's extreme regard for, and intimate relationship with the natural world that surrounded them. Placed in one's home today, this spirited canine would no doubt continue to perform its ancient functions, 'guarding' and 'guiding' the residents--and most certainly 'charming' them as well.
Ancient Central America & Mexico