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Colima Redware Dog Vessel w/ Wagging Tail
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Description
Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Colima, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. An endearing pottery vessel in the form of a portly canine standing atop 4 short legs as though attentively waiting to be tossed a treat. Enveloped in a vibrant red and brown pigments, the adorable animal gazes forward from huge, annular eyes above a projecting snout with an incised mouth, all surmounted by a pair of perky, pointed ears. The huge, flared spout of the vessel rises from the dog's back, ending in a broad, ovoid rim, while his tapered tail wags at his posterior. Size: 13.4" L x 8.3" W x 10.1" H (34 cm x 21.1 cm x 25.7 cm)

Scholars know of at least two types of Colima dogs, one to be fattened up and ritually sacrificed or eaten and one to serve as a watchdog and healer of the ill. This plump hairless canine known as a Chichi or Escuintla is thought to be related to the Chihuahua or Mexican Hairless also known as the Xoloitzcuintle. The Xolo dog was named for the deity Xolotl, the God of the Underworld, and believed to guide the deceased as they journeyed to the afterlife. Colima vessels like this example were buried in shaft tombs to protect the deceased and provide sustenance for eternity.

Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection, acquired in the 1980s; ex-Wilson Galleries, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA in the 1980s; ex-private New York, USA collection

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#173886
Condition
Proper right ear professionally reattached. Some minor nicks and abrasions, as expected with age. Areas of fire-darkening. Otherwise, excellent with nice remaining pigments and great earthen deposits.
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Colima Redware Dog Vessel w/ Wagging Tail

Estimate $2,500 - $3,750
Oct 09, 2022
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Starting Price $1,200
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0226: Colima Redware Dog Vessel w/ Wagging Tail
Sold for $1,2001 Bid
Est. $2,500 - $3,750Starting Price $1,200
Asian, Ancient, Ethno, Fine Art
Oct 09, 2022 12:00 PM EDT
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Lot 0226 Details
Description
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Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Colima, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. An endearing pottery vessel in the form of a portly canine standing atop 4 short legs as though attentively waiting to be tossed a treat. Enveloped in a vibrant red and brown pigments, the adorable animal gazes forward from huge, annular eyes above a projecting snout with an incised mouth, all surmounted by a pair of perky, pointed ears. The huge, flared spout of the vessel rises from the dog's back, ending in a broad, ovoid rim, while his tapered tail wags at his posterior. Size: 13.4" L x 8.3" W x 10.1" H (34 cm x 21.1 cm x 25.7 cm)

Scholars know of at least two types of Colima dogs, one to be fattened up and ritually sacrificed or eaten and one to serve as a watchdog and healer of the ill. This plump hairless canine known as a Chichi or Escuintla is thought to be related to the Chihuahua or Mexican Hairless also known as the Xoloitzcuintle. The Xolo dog was named for the deity Xolotl, the God of the Underworld, and believed to guide the deceased as they journeyed to the afterlife. Colima vessels like this example were buried in shaft tombs to protect the deceased and provide sustenance for eternity.

Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection, acquired in the 1980s; ex-Wilson Galleries, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA in the 1980s; ex-private New York, USA collection

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.

#173886
Condition
...
Proper right ear professionally reattached. Some minor nicks and abrasions, as expected with age. Areas of fire-darkening. Otherwise, excellent with nice remaining pigments and great earthen deposits.
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