Colima Vessel in the Form of an Armadillo - PF.0919, Origin: Western Mexico, Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD, Dimensions: 6.5" (16.5cm) high x 13" (33.0cm) wide, Catalogue: V4, Collection: Pre-Columbian, Style: Colima, Medium: Terracotta. In the mythology of ancient Meso-America, the gods sometimes played strange tricks with nature: men were changed into animals, odd hybrids were created, the world was turned upside-down. This fascinating Armadillo, with his beautifully burnished shell, perhaps played a key role in the deceased's passage into the underworld. He challenges our notions of the conventional world even as he delights both the eye and the hand.
Ancient Central America & Mexico