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Colima Redware Dog Vessel - Rare Petite Size

Lot 0108 Details

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Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Colima, Postclassical Period, ca. 100 BCE to 250 CE. An adorable redware pottery dog vessel, one of the most petite we have ever seen! Hand-built with four short legs supporting his wide portly body, and covered with a lustrous red-slipped finish. The upturned tail functions as the spout and the head is raised from a short neck. The puppy's face has incised circular eyes, nostrils, and a partially opened mouth. Two pointed ears perk up from both sides and add alertness to this guardian figure. A classic Colima dog created by this shaft tomb culture to accompany the deceased in the afterlife. While this pup might be pintsized, it is certainly mighty in symbolism and served as an endearing companion for the Colima peoples. Size: 6.25" L x 4" W x 3.125" H (15.9 cm x 10.2 cm x 7.9 cm)

Scholars know of at least two types of Colima dogs, one to be fattened up and ritually sacrificed or eaten and one to serve as a watchdog and healer of the ill. This plump hairless canine known as a Chichi or Escuintla is thought to be related to the Chihuahua or Mexican Hairless also known as the Xoloitzcuintle. The Xolo dog was named for the deity Xolotl, the God of the Underworld, and believed to guide the deceased as they journeyed to the afterlife. Colima vessels such as this one were buried in shaft tombs to protect the deceased and provide sustenance for eternity.

Provenance: ex-private Tennessee, USA collection; ex-Arte Primitivo, 2016

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Condition
Nice root marks and mineral deposits on the surface. Old inventory label on base, written inventory number on foot surface. Small restored chip on the front left foot. Nicks and surface wear commensurate with age. Rare to find in this miniature form!
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Colima Redware Dog Vessel - Rare Petite Size

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Sep 10, 2020
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0108: Colima Redware Dog Vessel - Rare Petite Size

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Lot 0108 Details

Description
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Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Colima, Postclassical Period, ca. 100 BCE to 250 CE. An adorable redware pottery dog vessel, one of the most petite we have ever seen! Hand-built with four short legs supporting his wide portly body, and covered with a lustrous red-slipped finish. The upturned tail functions as the spout and the head is raised from a short neck. The puppy's face has incised circular eyes, nostrils, and a partially opened mouth. Two pointed ears perk up from both sides and add alertness to this guardian figure. A classic Colima dog created by this shaft tomb culture to accompany the deceased in the afterlife. While this pup might be pintsized, it is certainly mighty in symbolism and served as an endearing companion for the Colima peoples. Size: 6.25" L x 4" W x 3.125" H (15.9 cm x 10.2 cm x 7.9 cm)

Scholars know of at least two types of Colima dogs, one to be fattened up and ritually sacrificed or eaten and one to serve as a watchdog and healer of the ill. This plump hairless canine known as a Chichi or Escuintla is thought to be related to the Chihuahua or Mexican Hairless also known as the Xoloitzcuintle. The Xolo dog was named for the deity Xolotl, the God of the Underworld, and believed to guide the deceased as they journeyed to the afterlife. Colima vessels such as this one were buried in shaft tombs to protect the deceased and provide sustenance for eternity.

Provenance: ex-private Tennessee, USA collection; ex-Arte Primitivo, 2016

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.

#157809
Condition
...
Nice root marks and mineral deposits on the surface. Old inventory label on base, written inventory number on foot surface. Small restored chip on the front left foot. Nicks and surface wear commensurate with age. Rare to find in this miniature form!

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