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Standing Dog Vessel

200 BCE - 500 CE
7 1/2 x 5 x 12 1/2 in. (19.1 x 12.7 x 31.8 cm)

Unknown, Colima
Mexican

Object Type: Ceramics
Medium and Support: Clay
Credit Line: Gift of Canon and Mrs. Nathaniel T. Whitcomb
Accession Number: 1978.138
Location: Currently on view
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In nearly every world culture, dogs were the first domesticated animals. A large proportion of Colima tombs had actual dogs or dog-shaped vessels interred with the deceased. The frequently plump bodies of the dog vessels and their ubiquity in Colima tombs support different theories. Some scholars believe they represent a hairless breed of dog that was fattened and eaten at feasts. Others think the primary role of the dog was as spiritual guide to the Underworld. Those well-treated in life (and thus well-fed) would act as a guide for the owner’s safe passage to the Underworld in death.
[Gallery label text, 2009]

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