Pre-Columbian COLIMA Mexico Pottery very plump dog Vessel, red glaze. Whimsical animal with closed eyes, openwork teeth, burnished throughout. 15" length x 8.5" wide x 5.75" height. 5.5lbs. From the Estate of Dr. Gordon Saver, husband of Eunice Saver, an esteemed archaeologist of 35 years, known for her published work with the Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, her work with the International Institute for Mesopotamian Area Studies, her work on sites in Syria and elsewhere, and in researching and deciphering ancient hieroglyphics and cylinder seals. Similar item sold at auction: http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2015/african-oceanic-n09347/lot.46.html
Some chips to the rim of the vessel, ear. Some fabric attached to the stomach area.
This item has been examined by an expert with forty years experience in pre-columbian, native american and egyptian antiquities. Upon purchase, the buyer has the option to receive a written and signed opinion by this expert, for a fee, that states his view that this is a period piece.