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Pre-Columbian / Colima Sculpture of a Standing Dog - PF.2717
Origin: Western Mexico
Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD
Dimensions: 3" (7.6cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta


Location: United States
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Although the dog ranked below other animals, such as the serpent and jaguar, in religious importance the canine was nevertheless a common figure found inside tombs from Ancient Mexico. The dog's connection to the death cult was important and widespread. Nearly all dog portraitures found in Western Mexico, have in common an alert and somewhat lifelike appearance. This was meant to signify one of the tasks of the dog, which was to guide the deceased along the paths of the underworld. This lovely little animal, however, was intended for other purposes. In many regions of Mexico these dogs were fattened and later castrated to make them even fatter. When the time was right, these dogs were considered a prize item on the menu. Perhaps this dog had been made to symbolize the food needed for the journey into the afterworld. Regardless of its intended purpose, this charming piece radiates a whimsical nature that can still be appreciated today. - (PF.2717)

 

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