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Colima Sculpture of a Dog - FF.555
Origin: Mexico
Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD
Dimensions: 7.25" (18.4cm) high x 9.2" (23.4cm) wide
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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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. - (FF.555)


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