vessel in form of a dog

Colima culture
Creation date
slipped and painted earthenware
8 5/8 x 11 3/4 x 5 in.
Credit line
Bequest of Clarence O. Hamilton
Accession number
Currently On View In
Michael and Patricia McCrory & Richard and Rebecca Feldman Gallery - K214

The art of ancient West Mexico comprises three distinct styles, named from the present-day Mexican states of Colima, Nayarit and Jalisco.

Ancient West Mexicans used a unique shaft-chamber tomb, an underground series of rooms reached by a narrow, vertical opening, or shaft.

The dead were surrounded by offerings of food and objects to aid them in the afterlife, including lively earthenware sculptures of people, animals and plants.

Colima sculpture has numerous versions of a breed of hairless dog that may have served as a guide to help the dead on their journey to the underworld.

Among the Colima and other peoples of Mesoamerican, dogs were a source of food.

Most Colima dogs are presented as fat and could have been intended as nourishment for the deceased.

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