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Small Jalisco Dog Vessel, Pre-Columbian West Mexico

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Small Jalisco Dog Vessel, Pre-Columbian West Mexico
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A small vessel from the Jalisco region of Pre-Columbian West Mexico, circa 200 B.C. 300 A.D. This example measures approximately 3 long by about 2 tall and incorporates an open vessel into the sculptural form of a dog.

Dogs are often featured in West Mexican art, perhaps indicating a symbolic significance or reverence related to dogs within their culture. It is believed that the ancient West Mexicans revered dogs as guides for the deceased into the afterlife. This is one plausible explanation for why items such as this example were interred with the deceased in the shaft tombs prevalent in the West Mexican region.

Condition: Intact with no restoration and no repair. Remnants of original red pigment and black firing clouds remain. Expected abrasions, minor chips, weathering and wear, with mineral and sediment deposits and staining inside and out.

Provenance: Former Arizona, USA private collection.

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