Colima Brownware Dog

100 BC to 250 AD

9 1/2″ tall by 9″ in length

A beautiful ceramic dog from the Comala area of Colima, Mexico. This piece is slipped in a gorgeous brownware. It has wonderful manganese deposits, attesting to its ancient age. 

The canine is sculpted seated with his head turned back and his hind legs facing the side. He has nicely incised facial features, but the most striking detail is the spouted ear. The spouts on these usually make up the tail. This is the first time that I’ve seen it on an ear and its quite clever.

These effigies are believed to represent the Xoloitzcuintli or Xolo. They are also known as the Mexican Hairless and are the National Dog of Mexico. The breed is 3,500 years old. They were faithful pets in life and guardians in the afterlife, surrounded by myth and lore. 

Ex Dr R Fernandez MD collection. Acquired in the 1940s. 



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