a beautiful colima dog from an old collection The clay figures , who are called izcuintlis, have a highly polished rich warm red color. They are believed to represent the deity Xolotl, in his role as guider of souls in the underworld and also provide some symbolic food for the departed on his or her journey. Dogs played an important part in the diet of Indian tribes in much of Mexico, and the izcuintlis invariably have appropriately corpulent bodies. The hairless Xoloitzcuintli was common in pre-Columbian times, and is now recognized as the oldest indigenous American domesticated dog.
32cm height 17cm with head
tl test indicating 1800years.good condition probbly reglued s usully for this kind of object :traces in several belly part