vessel in the form of a leader-priest in a trance

Colima culture
Creation date
slipped and painted earthenware
H: 12 1/2 in.
Credit line
Gift of Mr.and Mrs. J.W. Alsdorf
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.

The closed eyes and open mouth of this figure depict a ritual specialist in a trance-like state.

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