Colima Reclinatorio - PF.2060,Origin: Western Mexico,Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD,Dimensions: 10.125" (25.7cm) high x 9.25" (23.5cm) wide,Collection: Pre-Columbian,Style: Colima,Medium: Terracotta. In Ancient Mexico, reclinatorios were used as back supports for persons of rank and distinction. Their iconography remains mysterious; a flat, supportive plane on one side, on the other they are said to resemble dogs, parrots, eagles or even humans. Like a surrealistic dream, this splendid reclinatorio suggests a dog howling at the moon as well as a powerful bird. Intended as a grave offering, it may have supported a Colima aristocrat through eternity. Seductive as a myth, it reminds us that when we dream, the world takes on a whole new form and meaning.
Ancient Central America & Mexico