The hairless dog was a pivotal element of the
culture of the Colima people. They were
considered healers of the sick, watchdogs, and
the closest of pets. The inquisitive eyes and
benign smile of this particular pooch is arresting.
His broad face and closely set together eyes give
him a gentle humanity which is off played by his
whimsical and bestial snout. The rolls of fat
bulging off of his shoulder blades and stomach
give a sense of great movement and activity to
the happy creature. Colima dog sculptures such
as this one were most commonly buried
alongside the wealthy members of society. It is
easy to understand why someone would wish to
bring along the companionship that this dog's
smile suggests into the next life.