Jalisco Sculpture of a Deer - PF.2253,Origin: Western Mexico,Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD,Dimensions: 7.5" (19.1cm) high,Collection: Pre-Columbian,Style: Jalisco,Medium: Terracotta. This lively creature most likely represents a deer, an animal native to much of Ancient America. In later Mayan mythology and that of Moche Peru, the deer was a symbol of death. Since this deer was intended as a tomb offering, it is very probable that the context of death was similar in pre-classic culture. However, this deer, with its prominent raised tail, seems very much alive. We are charmed by its fresh, alert manner, the impression that it might dash off at any minute flicking its tail as it goes.
Ancient Central America & Mexico