Colima Cylindrical Vessel with Stylized Snakes and Skull Motifs - PF.0515,Origin: Western Mexico,Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD,Dimensions: 6.75" (17.1cm) high x 7" (17.8cm) wide,Catalogue: V2,Collection: Pre-Columbian,Style: Colima,Medium: Terracotta. The four double-headed serpents that adorn this vase seem laden with earth magic. Two of the four drape themselves in horseshoe patterns around stylized human skulls. The presence of these two primal symbols--reptiles and death's heads--alerts us that this is an object steeped in ritual and mystery. The power of such a piece requires no explanation--it is felt instinctively, from deep within.
Ancient Central America & Mexico