Seated Dog Vessel
ca. 200 BCE - 500 CE
10 3/4 x 4 3/4 in. (27.3 x 12.1 cm)
Medium and Support:
R. T. Miller, Jr. Fund #2
Location: Currently on view
The rounded, hollow Colima vessels were made with reddish clay. The black spattering was not intentional, it is the result of the oxidation of the chemical element, manganese, present in the clay. This occurred when the manganese was leached out, over time, by contact with water in the tombs. The vessels’ smooth, lustrous surfaces were attained through burnishing – a process of rubbing the surface with a smooth rock to make it shiny.
In addition to ceramics, valuable goods obtained through trade, such as shell, green stone and obsidian were buried in the shaft-and-chamber tombs of the Colima people.
[Gallery label text, 2009]