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Parrot Effigy Vessel (work of art)

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Artist Details
West Mexican (Guerrero state)
circa 200 B.C.E.-300 C.E.
7 1/4 x 6 x 9 1/2 in.
(18.4 x 15.2 x 24.1 cm)


The animal most frequently depicted in Colima art is the hairless dog, today known as the Chihuahua but called 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.

This vessel is modeled in the shape of a parrot, whose tail is fashioned as the vessel’s spout. Similar to the dog, the parrot may have had symbolic associations.


tags: bird, symbolism


  • Colima artist Parrot Effigy Vessel

    Parrot Effigy Vessel by Unknown Colima Artist

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Gift in memory of Dr. Franz Ebstein and Paul R. Villard