Artifacts - Mexico and Central America


Ceramic Sculpture

Dog or Jaguar Animal Figure

origin; Western Mexico

Colima, Jalisco, or Nayarit

circa 500-1000AD

collected circa 1970


From a California private collection


Pottery animal sculpture from Western Mexico, most likely Colima, possibly Jalisco.  Red clay with a burnished red / brown slip on surface. Figure is hollow and is carrying a clay pot.  Big teeth, large nose, bulging eyes, ears, a large tail, and long arms.  Large opening on the top of the head. Faint traces of dark pigment on lips and nose. Lovely patina. Wonderful sense of humor.

Please note that figure is portrayed on a stand 

and will need to be displayed with something similar.

Condition: Typical wear and patination from age and burial. Small chip on the left side of the opening (see picture below). Otherwise piece is in excellent condition.

dimensions: approx 4 1/2" tall x 4" wide x 4 1/2" deep 



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