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Standing Dog

Artist Culture
Colima
Period
Late Formative period, c.300 BC–AD 300
Date
c.300 BC–AD 300
Material
Ceramic
Place from
Colima, México, North and Central America
Classification
Ceramics
Current Location
On View, Gallery 114
Dimensions
11 1/4 x 16 15/16 in. (28.5 x 43 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Famous-Barr Company
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
39:1970
NOTES
This portly dog is probably a "techichi," a breed of hairless canine. Physical details, from the alert posture of the ears and tail to the wrinkles at the corners of the mouth, are evidence of the artist’s close observation. Numerous legends from ancient Mesoamerica suggest that dogs were companions of the dead on their journeys to the afterlife, making the inclusion of such sculptures in tombs understandable. However, fattened dogs were also considered edible, so the sculpture may have represented food for the afterlife just as much as companionship.
- 1970
Famous Barr Company, St. Louis, MO, USA

1970 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, given by the Famous-Barr Company [1]


Notes:
[1] A letter dated January 13, 1970 from Morton D. May of Famous-Barr Company to Charles E. Buckley, director of the Saint Louis Art Museum, includes the offer of this object as part of a larger donation, listed as "PM 3868 Large Pottery Dog (vent in ears) from Colima" [SLAM document files]. Minutes of the Acquisitions Committee of the Board of Trustees, City Art Museum, February 20, 1970.
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