Origin: West Coast Mexico Culture: Colima Age: Ca. 100 B.C. - 250 A.D. Size:6 1/2” in height by 7 1/2” in width by 13 1/2” in length.This is a particularly example of the type. This redware hollow figure is a red/brown in color and greatly proportioned. He has a rounded body with a deeply perforated nose. His round eyes are lightly incised and he seems to be staring straight ahead. He sports a toothy grin and his forward curled tail and forward perked ears shows curiosity and not a threat. He has a rounded flared rim and rarely seen drilled holes on each side indicating he might have been a censor or meant to be suspended. His all around countenance is gentle and watchful.
He was most likely professionally reassembled from several large original pieces but if that is the case the break lines are invisible to the naked eye. Numerous mineral deposits attest to his great antiquity, These hairless dogs from the period were often placed in deep shaft tombs to serve as guides for their owners in the underworld or possibly as a food source. In most Pre-Columbian cultures dogs were a common food source. Current evidence suggests that they are the oldest indigenous New World dogs to have been domesticated. The vessel was purchased many years ago from a reputable New York gallery and a Certificate of Authenticity will accompany the sale.