**Originally Listed At $1000**
Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Colima, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. One of the finest examples of this type of artifact that I have seen, a hand-made reclinatorio with one side in the form of a dolphin or a fish - or possibly a very abstract avian form. A hollow spout rises from the top of the item. Reclinatorios such as this were used by individuals of high rank to support their heads and backs when seated. This abstract type of form was perhaps to signify a metaphor for dreams which often assume surreal transitional states. In addition to this complex symbolism, the piece is a wonderful exemplar of Colima technique and styling. The animal head has a dramatic spiral for an eye and a long, incised mouth. Four flippers project from the body and a broad tail forms part of the base; behind the slab-like zoomorphic form are two bulbous legs below the spout. Size: 7.5" W x 8.5" H (19 cm x 21.6 cm)
Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection; ex private Nevada, USA collection; ex Dr. David Harner collection, Arkansas, USA, collecrted in the 1950s to 1960s. Exhibited at the Marjorie Barrick Museum, University of Nevada Las Vegas, 2000
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