Colima Reclinatorio - PF.0433,Origin: Western Mexico,Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD,Dimensions: 9" (22.9cm) high x 7" (17.8cm) wide,Catalogue: V2,Collection: Pre-Columbian,Style: Colima,Medium: Terracotta. Odd looking objects such as this were used by persons of rank to support their backs when seated. In form it represnts a stylized bird with human legs. This is perhaps a metaphor for the dreams one has while resting, which take flight in a similarly surreal fashion.
Ancient Central America & Mexico