Colima Terracotta Reclinatorio - PF.2420,Origin: Western Mexico,Circa: 100 BC to 250 AD,Dimensions: 7.5" (19.1cm) high x 6.5" (16.5cm) wide,Collection: Pre-Columbian,Style: Colima,Medium: Terracotta. The state of Colima, 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. The terracotta sculptures created in Colima are full of timeless energy and spirit. Intended for burial with the dead, these ancient masterpieces accompanied the deceased into the netherworld, performing a number of important functions. Here, a clay backrest, angled at an inclined position is artistically rendered as a combination of animals. Front legs and shoulders like those of a dog support the upright position of the backrest, while an avian tail and small wings comprise the back portion of the sculpture. A spout protrudes from the canine "head" of the backrest and the image of a fish extends out to the side. Colima artists were highly adept at portraying the natural world around them and nowhere are this rendering more spirited and powerful than in this sculpted backrest. With its shiny surface burnished rich reddish brown, this animated work of art beckons us to touch, as we discover the mysteries of its enigmatic shape and timeless spirit.
Ancient Central America & Mexico