Colima Ceremonial Hut
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: Pre Columbian: Sculpture: Pre AD 1000: item # 1186864
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|An exceptional Colima sculptural piece from West Mexico, ca. 300 BC - 300 AD. This choice example is 4” in diameter and depicts a feline in an aggressive stance, perched atop a chamber that most likely represents a ceremonial hut. The roof is studded with the thorny spikes representing the Ceiba tree, which has numerous shamanic and mythological connotations in Mesoamerican cultures. An alternate explanation that has been offered is that this type portrays a spirit animal guarding a burial site, as shaft tombs were often covered or marked with stones. These unusual vessels were used as hand-carried incensarios during ritual processions, with the feline serving as the handle. Nicely burnished, good mineral deposits.|