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Dog Effigy (work of art)

Artwork Info

Artist Details
West Mexican (Colima state)
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Medium
Ceramic, Sculpture
Created
circa 200 B.C.E.-300 C.E.
Dimensions

About

The animal most frequently depicted in Colima art is the Mexican hairless dog, also known as Xoloitzcuintli (pronounced show-low-eats-kweent-lee) by the Aztecs of the fifteenth century. In addition to raising dogs as a food source, many peoples of highland Mexico believed that a dog accompanied a person’s soul on the journey into the underworld. Discovery of dog images in tombs suggests they were intended as companions for the deceased.

tags: function, ritual, observation

Images

  • Colima Dog Effigy

    Dog Effigy by Unknown Colima Artist

  • Colima Dog Effigy

    Colima Dog Effigy

  • Colima Dog Effigy

    Colima Dog Effigy

  • Colima Dog Effigy

    Colima Dog Effigy

  • Colima Dog Effigy

    Colima Dog Effigy

  • Colima Dog Effigy

    Colima Dog Effigy