Monumental Colima Seated Dog,
Protoclassic, ca. 100 B.C. - A.D. 250
Earthenware with reddish-brown slip
height 19 1/4in (48.9cm)
Jacques Sarlie Collection, New York, ca. 1968
Private Collection, New York
"Dogs are usually portrayed well rounded, since they were fattened deliberately and considered a delicacy to supplement the diet. From documentary sources it is known that the Aztecs, Tarascans, and Mayas enjoyed the meat of dogs and that certain species were raised solely as food. The custom may well have also prevailed among the ancient inhabitants of Colima. These effigies probably served a double purpose: to supply the dead master with a companion on his voyage to the underworld, and to provide him with nourishment." (Von Winning, 1968: p. 71).
Cf. Von Winning (1968: fig. 95) and Parsons (1980: fig. 96)
Seated at attention with ears perked and mouth open serving as a firing vent, the dog's ribs and head have wrinkles emphasized by deep grooves.