Seller: sf-fineart (2,897) 100%, Location: Los Angeles, California, Ships to: Americas, Europe, Asia, AU, Item: 390380885928 Culture: Colima, Original or Reproduction: Original, Date: 300 B.C. - A.D. 300, Category: Pre-Columbian, Details: LARGE Pre-Columbian COLIMA TERRACOTTA SEATED DOG VESSEL, circa 300 B.C. This is a magnificent museum quality LARGE Pre-Columbian COLIMA TERRACOTTA VESSEL IN THE FORM OF A SEATED DOG, Western Mexico, Late Pre-Classic Period, circa 300 B.C. § A.D. 300. This magnificent sculpture of a seated dog, which was adored for its docile mannerism and its healing attributes, has a prominent snout with its mouth open and detailed teeth, prominent eyes and alert pointed ears and tail. The head of the dog is surmounted by the funnel-top neck and mouth of the vessel. It is beautifully painted overall in a burnished light and deep orange reddish brown and black, with sculpted muscular details. It measures an impressive 15" L., 6 ¼" W., 10 ¾" H. and is in good original intact condition with natural wear and root marks in parts due to its extreme age. PROVENANCE: This item comes directly from the estate of a Beverly Hills Pre-Columbian art collector and was legally imported into the United States over 50 years ago. Authenticity is GUARANTEED. Similar examples sell in major antiquities galleries for over $6,000. Please scroll down on the item description to view additional photographs. Packing, shipping and insurance is $75.00 within the US only, please email for international shipping rates. Payment is due within 2 days. Please view my other auctions and eBay store for additional museum quality fine art and collectibles, including other fine Pre-Columbian items. Colima dogs were patterned after a hairless variety of ancient dog known as the Techichi. Some scholars have speculated that the Colima believed dogs were emissaries of Xolotl, the god of the dead. As such, dogs were envisioned as a guide to lead the spirits of the dead to their resting place in the underworld and such representational objects might have been interred with the deceased. Despite their possible connection with the dead, the representations of these dogs often take on a playful and charming demeanor. Other scholars have noted that this variety of dog was bred as a delicacy. Thus, their frequent portrayal as exceedingly plump accentuates the humorous nature of such representations. Shipping & Handling $75.00 USPS Priority Mail® FREE scheduling, supersized images and templates. Get Vendio Sales Manager. FREE scheduling, supersized images and templates. Get Vendio Sales Manager. Over 100,000,000 served. Get FREE counters from Vendio today!